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The Mount Whitney Trail 

Type:  Alpine, Grade II
Original: Mod. Snow [details]
FA: Charles D. Begole, Albert H. Johnson, John Lucas - Aug 18, 1873
Season: Accessible year-round. Snow covered November - June.
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Submitted By: Alex Temus on Apr 17, 2017  with updates from kenr and 1 more

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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.


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


Ice axe & crampons (seasonal)

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By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
May 24, 2017


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.
By Will P.
Jul 30, 2017

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.

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