Mount Whitney

16 reviews #33 hike out of 318 in
19.7 mi
Distance
8 hrs 14 min
Time
terrain
6,076 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate/ difficult out and back trail to Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park.

This trail goes by Bighorn Park, Outpost Camp, Mirror Lake, Trail Camp, Discovery Pinnacle, Aiguille du Paquoir, Aiguille Extra, Crooks Peak, Keeler Needle, Aiguille Junior, and Whitney Portal Trailhead.



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    1 year, 1 month ago
    Started on Saturday 1am but didn’t get to the trail camp until 12pm. Totally underestimated altitude sickness and overpacked food. Camped at trail camp for one night. It was quickly getting cold after 5pm as the shadow of the mountain covered the campground. Sun went down around 6:30pm. Started Sunday morning around 8am to the summit. Finally got to the top at 2pm and got back down to trail camp around 6pm. Collected all camping gear and headed down in darkness around 7pm. Got back to trailhead parking lot at 0:30am Monday.
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Steve Schonhaut 2 years, 3 months ago
Mount Whitney Route, Jul 15, 2018 11:09:58 PM
Approximately 10.5 miles from Portal, 7,776' gain, 1,960' loss, starts at 8,365'. Vigorous high-altitude hike. This is a hike of a lifetime.  It is difficult due to the altitude and requires conditioning and determination.  Should use GPS as some surfaces of the trail are difficult to follow due to massive granite surface area.  Know your water sources and use them wisely.  Water should be treated.  Carry out own waste.  The only toilets are near the parking lot at the beginning. Help others on the trail.  This hike is no joke.  It can be quite dangerous and many hikers have lost their lives on this hike.  Enjoy it and don't become a statitistic.  Once on the summit, rest, take photos and take leisure hike down.  Don't forget to rest occassionally.  Going down is quite easy to trip and fall.  Especially when you are tired.  Try to finish before sunset.
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