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#55517 - 06/22/19 05:14 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Dirk D. Offline


Registered: 06/21/19
Posts: 4
Loc: Massachusetts
This is the book. It seems to be pretty comprehensive.

https://www.amazon.com/Mount-Whitney-Complete-Trailhead-Summit/dp/1594850429

As confident as I am that not only myself, but everyone in the group could handle it, doing it for the first time completely solo doesn’t seem like a good decision. If we don’t end up doing it this time, I’ll be back within a few years, either with a group that is comfortable with it or the same group if they eventually come around. One way or another, I will be getting it in soon.

On the ledges, we are doing this over the course of 3 days for two reasons. One, we’re coming from 3,000 miles away to do it and want to take it all in at a leisurely pace to get good photography and enjoyment along the way. And two, to acclimatize slowly, as we live at sea level.

We are spending one night prior to hitting the trail at either onion valley (12,000’) or the portal(8,000’) to begin the process of acclimatizing.

I worry about going right from sea level to staying the night at 12,000’ at Onion night one. Seems like too much, too soon, for too long to me and would seem to be asking for trouble. But again, I was outvoted. My preference was to stay further down the portal road at 6,000’ night one before hitting the trailhead the next morning.

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#55518 - 06/22/19 09:14 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Dirk D.]
Jonathan C Offline


Registered: 03/03/19
Posts: 26
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Onion Valley campground is 9200 ft. 12k is roughly the elevation of Kearsarge pass, so maybe you're getting confused by that?

Regarding the steepness of the final 400 (which I have never done, but hope to some day soon): the best pictures I have seen of it in the snow are the ones in this thread, which sadly is about a tragic accident there a couple years ago: http://www.whitneyzone.com/wz/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/49640

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#55527 - 06/23/19 09:35 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Brett Dean Offline


Registered: 03/18/13
Posts: 28
Loc: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
My wife and I are thinking about hiking up to Mirror Lake for a little fly fishing this week.

Quick question: How is the trail heading up to mirror lake? Is the lake still frozen?


Edited by Brett Dean (06/23/19 04:55 PM)
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#55531 - Today at 07:57 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Brett Dean]
bc3 Offline


Registered: 06/20/19
Posts: 2
Loc: Chicago IL
Originally Posted By: Brett Dean
My wife and I are thinking about hiking up to Mirror Lake for a little fly fishing this week.

Quick question: How is the trail heading up to mirror lake? Is the lake still frozen?


I climbed on Sunday. The trail is generally fine although there is some snow and minor route-finding necessary above Lone Pine Lake. In looking at a picture I took of the lake on my descent, I'd say maybe 1/6 of the lake had ice on it.

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