Planning Mt Whitney Overnight on 9/9

Posted by: Jrod8

Planning Mt Whitney Overnight on 9/9 - 09/01/19 03:01 PM

Hello everyone,

Need a bit of advice. Planning an overnight at trail camp via the main Whitney Trail on 9/9 and 9/10. Been watching the recent weather forecasts and it looks like it calls for chance of rain then snow and maybe even heavy snow on Monday. Is this still doable for the fair weathered hiker? Can deal with the cold but for those with more experience reading forecasts and with the mountain, does this look like a possible bad storm coming in? I summitted MW back in July 2011 on an overnight but had perfect weather. Iíve never really done any serious hiking with snow, a lot of rain, or freezing temps at elevation. I also have about an 8hr drive to get there and donít really want to end up in a mess up there but want to make this work if possible. So I was wondering what everyoneís opinion is looking at the upcoming forecast? Thank you.
Posted by: Steve C

Re: Planning Mt Whitney Overnight on 9/9 - 09/01/19 10:21 PM

8 days out is still too far away to predict with any sort of accuracy. Check the weather 3-4 days ahead, before you decide.

Any sort of storm on Whitney makes it a suffer fest. If one is predicted, I would skip the long drive.
Posted by: Jrod8

Re: Planning Mt Whitney Overnight on 9/9 - 09/02/19 06:40 AM

Thanks Steve. Seems forecast already changing for the better. Fingers crossed it stays this way.