all day trips in the Mount Whitney Zone and all overnight trips in wilderness. Campground, lodging, services May 1 through October 31, daily trailhead quotas limit the number of people who may enter the Mount Whitney Zone. Permits for the quota season may be reserved in advance at www.recreation.gov.
I actually bought a TOPO map of the Whitney zone at REI and it had the Mountaineers Route listed on it, The main trail was a red line and the MR was a blue line. Never needed it though the route was really easy to find for me.
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The first 3 miles of Whitney Trail is out of Whitney zone, so you can still walk up and visit one lake. At trailhead there is a big waterfall and even a restaurant. Of course, be prepared if you wanna go to Mt Whitney
- Whitney Portal Road, Lone Pine, 93545, California
Mt. Whitney Zone Popular peaks: Mt. Whitney, Mt. Russell, Keeler Needle Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center (Junction of Highway 395 and State Route 136 2 miles south of Lone Pine; 760-876-6200) All Mt. Whitney Zone permits must be picked up at this location.
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Mount Whitney, of the California Sierra Nevada, holds numerous distinctions. It is the highpoint of both Tulare & Inyo counties. It is the highest peak in the Sierra, & indeed in all of California. Finally, it rises higher than any piece of land in the United States outside of Alaska.Mount Whitney's elevation stature continues to intrigue the human psyche, both from a civilian as well as a governmental perspective. Its elevation seems to be continually evaluated and reevaluated using the newe...
WHITNEY PORTAL: This is the trailhead for both the Mount Whitney Trail and the Mountaineer's Route as well as many other mountaineering and climbing routes on Mount Whitney, Mount Russell, and Mount Carillon. Take US-395 to Lone Pine and then turn west on Whitney Portal Road. In 13 miles, you will reach Whitney Portal at an elevation of 8,365 feet. Bears have been known to frequent this trailhead so do not leave food in your car during bear season - there's a reason why all the garbage cans a...
Permits are required year-round, however, a quota is in place for the Mount Whitney Zone from May 1 to November 1 depending whether you are on the Mount Whitney Trail or others, e.g. the Mountaineer's Route (differences described below). Permit information is available on the Inyo National Forest page. During other times, a self-issued wilderness permit is required which can be made at the Mount Whitney Ranger Station in Lone Pine, not at Whitney Portal (see Mountain Conditions section below...
Mount Whitney is a year-round mountain. Between late May and October, hiking/running the Mount Whitney Trail and climbing on the Mountaineer's Route are popular. Then activity generally slackens during the next few months while the snow pack accumulates until the February to early May season when ski mountaineering, backcountry snowboarding, and general mountaineering on routes such as the Mountaineer's Route and the North Face are popular. Mountaineering on the Mount Whitney Trail is also ve...
MOUNT WHITNEY TRAIL: The two popular campgrounds on this trail are Outpost Camp at 10,335' and Trail Camp at 12,000' at 3.8 and 6.2 miles from the trailhead respectively. Those feeling the effects of the altitude will want to stay at Outpost Camp, however, most people making a multi-day trip stay at Trail Camp. During \\"bear season,\\" you should be prepared for both bears and marmots. In recent years, bears have been known to make it up to Trail Camp so bear-resistant food containers are now re...
Use the following resources to check route and weather conditions on Mount Whitney:www.395.com - High Sierra Weather Report incl. satellite photo. Weather Underground - Lonepine, CA Weather Forecast Whitney Portal Store message board CSAC Eastern Sierra Avalanche BulletinMOUNT WHITNEY RANGER STATION P.O. Box 8 Lone Pine, CA 93545 (760) 876-6200 (760) 876-6201 TDD website Open 7 days/week; 8.00 - 17.00 Nov - Apr, 8.00 - 18.00 May - OctAt the 'Interagency Visitor Center' 1 mi S of Lone Pine, US...
Charley Begole, Johnny Lucas & Al Johnson took a trip to the summit of the highest mountain in the range, & christened it ‘Fisherman’s Peak.’ Ain’t it as romantic as ‘Whitney?’ The fishermen who found it looked mighty romantic on their return to Soda Springs. Wonder who that old earthquake sharp thinks is running this country, anyhow? -Inyo Independent, 20 September, 1873 For years our chief, Professor Whitney has made brave campaigns into the unknown realm of Nature. Against low prejudice &...
GENERAL INTEREST LINKS:USDA FS Inyo National Forest official web siteWhitney Portal Store: Provides weekly trail report from June to October among many other useful things.The Whitneyzone- webcam & online forum. Information for Mt. Whitney hikers, maintained by the Mt. Whitney Hikers Association. Badwater Ultramarathon: Although this 135 mile race officially ends at Whitney Portal due to the permit quota, runners have continued to extend this to the Mount Whitney Summit for a \\"true finish.\\" A...
1. C.E.Brennen's account of climbing Mount Whitney 2. Information about the Mountaineers Route Permits, camping, and details about the Mountaineers Route. 3. Helen Smith's Trip Report 4. Google Search for \\"Mt. Whitney Hike\\" Leads to many interesting pages 5. Whitney Portal Store Lots of useful info, photos and maps. 6. Mount Whitney USGS Topographic Map Commercial dealer offers standard quad for $6.95. 7. Fun, but bloody long, day-hike on the Whitney Trail 8. Trip Report: Whitney Trail, June...
Mt. Whitney is an iconic summit, highest in the lower 48 (14,495'), and very worthwhile. The views are stupendous. We really enjoyed gaining the summit from this approach as one is relatively "fresh" upon arriving at the top, while many of the people coming from the standard Portal route looked pretty toasted.
Sep 13, 2020 · The first 3 miles of Whitney Trail is out of Whitney zone, so you can still walk up and visit one lake. At trailhead there is a big waterfall and even a restaurant. Of course, be prepared if you wanna go to Mt Whitney
- Whitney Portal Road, Lone Pine, CA
Jan 23, 2006 · 2019 SEASON NOTE: No walk-up day use permits for the Whitney Zone including the North Fork. All day use permits for the Whitney Zone are now only reservable online , at the URL listed above. As of May 30 2019 - be aware that there are open spaces up until about June 14th, then there are no open spaces available until October 22nd.
Jan 27, 2021 · Mt. Whitney Permit Jan 27, 2021; Las Vegas to Lone Pine Jan 09, 2021; Where is the nearest snow to lone pine? Dec 08, 2020; Lone Pine Movie Museum Virtual Film Festival Sep 08, 2020; Mt. Whitney Motel damaged in truck collision Aug 05, 2020; Campgrounds closed in Inyo National Forest Jul 09, 2020; Short hike Jun 23, 2020; Fire at Cerro Gordo ...
Sep 13, 2020 · Hiking Mt. Whitney is an awesome experience. The summit is at 14,505 feet - the highest point in the continental U.S. This is a great achievement with the proper prior planning.
- Whitney Portal Road, Lone Pine, CA