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The Mount Whitney Trail

Mod. Snow, Snow, Alpine, Grade II,  Avg: 2.7 from 22 votes
FA: Charles D. Begole, Albert H. Johnson, John Lucas - Aug 18, 1873
California > High Sierra > 14 - Whitney &… > Mt Whitney
Access Issue: Certain Peaks: Access limited from May to October every year Details
Access Issue:
  • *NATIONAL FORESTS IN THIS AREA MAY BE CLOSED**
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Description

This is the easiest and most popular route to climb Mt. Whitney. The trail is 10.7 miles (17.1km) long, and gains over 6100 feet vertically (1860m) one-way from Whitney Portal.

Ice axes and crampons should be brought if attempting the route in spring and early summer, but technical climbing equipment is not necessary between mid-July and early October. The elevation at the trailhead is 8360' (2550 meters). The elevation at the summit is 14,494' (4418 meters).

There are a few other hikes that lead to the summit of Mt. Whitney which all require crampons and general mountaineering equipment except in late summer. Other, more technical climbing & mountaineering routes are covered on this site.

Location

The trailhead at Whitney Portal is 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine on the east side of the Sierras.

Protection

Ice axe & crampons (seasonal)

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Trail Crest at sunrise
[Hide Photo] Trail Crest at sunrise
Brad making his way up the last snow field on the way to Trail Crest
[Hide Photo] Brad making his way up the last snow field on the way to Trail Crest
Spring break!!!! 7/10/2019
[Hide Photo] Spring break!!!! 7/10/2019
One particularly steep section of the Mount Whitney Trail is protected by cable handrails
[Hide Photo] One particularly steep section of the Mount Whitney Trail is protected by cable handrails

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Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
[Hide Comment] ***WARNING***

May 24, 2017

Due to the heavy snowpack; alpine conditions currently exist on this trail - possession of an ice-axe, and familiarity with its use should be seriously considered. Crampons/spikes may also be necessary if you'll be out before dawn or after sunset. May 24, 2017
Will P.
 
[Hide Comment] A heartbreaking scene. Trash & used wag bags (bags of human feces) litter the trail & surrounding area, particularly around trail camp.

Avoid if possible. The Mountaineer's route is still mostly pristine, as is every other 14'er in the Sierra. Jul 30, 2017
[Hide Comment] Wag bags everywhere! Trail Camp until Summit is cluttered with bags of people's poo? I'll pick up an empty water bottle but who tf is picking up your Sh!*?? Come on people. Park Rangers should put a barcode on the bags and start fining people. Somehow this problem must be addressed. Jun 16, 2018