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#49448 - 03/24/17 01:05 PM Re: Mt Whitney Lottery 2017 [Re: Steve C]
UChiker Offline


Registered: 03/24/17
Posts: 1
Loc: California
My group of seven pulled three overnight permits all together, including a Friday in July. Some of us put each other as alternate leaders, some not. It seems in our case our applications were not thrown out because of it.

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#49449 - 03/24/17 02:05 PM Re: Mt Whitney Lottery 2017 [Re: UChiker]
TedS Offline


Registered: 03/24/17
Posts: 1
Loc: WA
Snagged a Saturday day-use permit for 3 of us mid June. Will be interesting to see how the snow conditions net out in the coming months to determine if that's really feasible for the group.

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#49451 - 03/24/17 04:28 PM Re: Mt Whitney Lottery 2017 [Re: Steve C]
87preludea20a3 Offline


Registered: 02/04/17
Posts: 3
Loc: Missouri, St Louis
So if I walk up on any random date can you still get an overnight permit? Or are walk up permits only given to for day hikes the next day?

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#49455 - 03/24/17 11:10 PM Re: Mt Whitney Lottery 2017 [Re: 87preludea20a3]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6792
Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: 87preludea20a3
So if I walk up on any random date can you still get an overnight permit? Or are walk up permits only given to for day hikes the next day?

The overnight permits are less available than day hike, especially in July and August. Check the Unused Permits 2016 page, and from there, the prior few years to see.

Those are the unused permits at the end of the day, and for overnight permits, they start becoming available mid-morning the day before, as groups picking up permits shed their cancellations. At 11 AM on the actual date of entry, the no-shows become available, and there is a drawing of numbers to see who gets first shot at them.

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#49489 - 03/28/17 02:58 PM Re: Mt Whitney Lottery 2017 [Re: Indie]
Kumar12 Offline


Registered: 02/01/17
Posts: 3
Loc: California
Congrats!

We have got it for Sept 25th. I have heard that late September may be risky due to thunder storms and possibility of snow. Is it okay to go for a day hike on this date?

Thanks!

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#49492 - 03/28/17 04:57 PM Re: Mt Whitney Lottery 2017 [Re: Kumar12]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6792
Loc: Fresno, CA
September is often drier than August. Just watch the weather forecasts for your hike date.

Late September, you are looking at more hours of darkness, so a good headlamp is in order.

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#49493 - Yesterday at 07:21 AM Re: Mt Whitney Lottery 2017 [Re: Steve C]
Halfdomer Homer Offline


Registered: 04/07/16
Posts: 12
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Early to mid-September is my favorite time because of the dryness. I don't mind hiking in the dark.

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