Thousands enjoy hiking Mount Whitney each year for premiere Serra Nevada views, whether on the lower trails on the mountain’s flanks or on one of the major approaches to the summit. No one knew where it was! New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. See below for a proper training program. Mt Whitney is 22 miles– only 4 more miles than San Gorgonio! She saw that I hadn’t confirmed my trip, so she confirmed it for me on the phone (I didn’t know I was supposed to confirm the trip after I had paid). Whitney Portal. The summit of Alta Peak, a strenuous 7-mile hike from the Wolverton picnic area, is the closest place from which to see Mt. The last 1.9 miles were hard. Mount Whitney Mountain Photos. Thanks! Mount Williamson. We sat there, eating more snacks, all very cold and tired. 7:16. We took a break, ate some snacks, filtered some water, and then started up the 99 switchbacks. What's a good mountain to do next that is similar in difficulty? I had to sit down immediately. Steady climb to lakes and passes beyond. The Whitney trail starts at Whitney Portal, which is only a 20-minute drive from Lone Pine. The Mt Whitney Trail is still closed. Explore Wattifoto's photos on Flickr. Mount Whitney O36118e3 1:24,000: First Ascent: August 18, 1873 Begole, Charles (United States) Johnson, Albert Lucas, John: Route #1 : Maintained Hiking Trail: Mt. Thanks for the report. Immediately, the wind was pushing against our bodies so hard that I would occasionally put my hand on a nearby rock to brace myself. It would be a little late in the season to summit a 14er (peaks above 14,000 FT), let alone my first 14er. Hiked up the Lakes Trail, via the "Watchtower" loop, up to Pear Lake (the Watchtower is a pretty impressive climbing wall, and the trail from there to the lakes basin gives you great views of the Kaweah River drainage; definitely worth taking that loop). Our pace plummeted on the switchbacks from 30 to 45 to 60-minute miles. Being the highest peak of the contiguous United States, it was appealing not only because of the views but also because of the challenge it laid in front of us. We got to the Visitor Center around 3PM and were given our permits and poop bags also known as “wag” bags. About seventy miles to Mt. We had to take tons of breaks and were hiking very slowly. Still some residual smoke in the fires in the Mineral King area, but they are not impacting the air quality in the region (at least based on visual inspection). Sort by. The application lets you list up to 15 possible hiking dates. It is an extremely popular trail, and its access is restricted by quotas from May to October. I thought I felt better than that, but I saw a huge boulder in the middle of the trail and I told myself not to hit my knee on that boulder. First allowed campsite - Panther Gap (3 miles), no water. You can either get a motel in Lone Pine or get a campsite in advance at the Portal. But there were other hikers starting their summit, so we followed them and quickly found the Portal. And you can barely see Whitney's summit from Alta… Reaching an elevation of 14,508 feet, it towers more than 10,000 vertical feet above the Owens Valley, and because of its lofty position, it is the most sought after peak in all of North America. Shoot for 20,000 steps a day during the week and more during the weekend. The Mount Whitney Trail, starting at the Whitney Portal, is the most popular route to the summit, and travels for 10.4 miles (16.7 km) with an elevation gain over 6000 feet (1820 m). Hyperventilating at 14,000 FT is not fun. Encontre fotos de stock e imagens editoriais de notícias perfeitas de Monte Whitney da Getty Images. Not sure if this actually helped or not, but I wasn’t going to take any chances. My knee was fine, a little bloody, a little swollen and bruised, but not bad considering my reaction. Mount Whitney Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Mount Whitney is: A light covering of new snow mostly falling on Thu morningTemperatures will be well below freezing (max -7°C on Wed morning, min -15°C on Thu morning)Winds increasing (light winds from the NW on Tue night, near gales from the NW by Thu morning). Bonus if you can sleep at high elevation for a night or two. Whitney Summit: Climbing the highest peak in the contiguous United States. At a minimum, get as many steps as you can. Escolha entre premium de Monte Whitney da melhor qualidade. Two hours later at 9AM, we arrived at Trail Crest, a mountain pass that connects to the John Muir Trail that will take you all the way to Yosemite. Summit clear of snow. Climbing photos at Mount Whitney uploaded by users of mountain-forecast.com At an elevation of 14505 feet (4421 m), Mt. Whitney will take about 6 months of planning. ...What do I do now? Wrong. Hiked down the Alta trail back to Wolverton. Get up to an elevation of at least 10,000 FT as many times as you can before your hike. Workout 3-5 times a week either running or walking. If you want to know about our training… there was very little. Yes, you have to carry it out. I’m still in disbelief that we summited the highest peak in the lower 48 states. I wish it wasn’t so freezing, so we could have enjoyed our summit a little more, but I’m glad it was a crystal-clear day and the views were spectacular. Whitney from Moro Rock. Fo real. Mt Whitney is a whole other beast. How did that happen? Since there is only about a 35% success rate for the coveted Whitney permit, be open to hiking on a week day or hiking a little later in the season. WE MADE IT TO THE TOP OF WHITNEY! The night before our hike, we all went out to dinner and discussed a turnaround time. Mount Whitney is the highest point in the lower 48, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. The Mount Whitney Trail is a trail that climbs Mount Whitney. With limited vacation time (all my vacation time was used hiking in the High Sierra in the summer), our plan was to drive to Lone Pine Saturday, pick up our permit, hike Sunday, and drive back to LA on Sunday night. Had a crystal clear view of Whitney off to the east. Whitney was really fun. I think the Advil was really helping. We verbalized that we wouldn’t leave anyone alone on the mountain and decided that our turnaround time should be between 11AM and 12PM. Alta Peak in Sequoia comes to mind. My heart rate was high, but it was comfortable, and my breathing was feeling perfectly fine. Whitney and other Sierra Peak in September 2011. I then made a sharp left at the gate and followed the paved road to the end of the school property. Cardio! I don’t think we spent more than 15 minutes at the top, just a couple photos, pounded a sandwich in the hut, and started back down the trail. Before I knew it, my alarm was going off. Mount Whitney's summit is on the Sierra Crest and the Great Basin Divide.It lies near many of the Sierra Nevada's highest peaks. It will be COLD, but you are more likely to get the permit. But we are all relatively fit so I think we were confident that we’d be okay hiking Whitney, and if we wanted to turn around at any time, we could. And we wanted to summit as quickly as possible, so we could start hiking back to Lone Pine, and get warm again. Permits are needed if you are hiking between May 1st and November 1st. I was in so much pain from the direct impact. Whitney Summit: Climbing the highest peak in the contiguous United States. This massive peak offers a variety of summit climbs, including the East Face and East Buttress. Because many of the snow-capped peaks in the Great Western Divide reach altitudes of 12,000 feet (3,657 meters) or higher, it is unfortunately impossible to see over them to view Mt. First called Fisherman’s Peak after the group of fishermen that reached the summit in 1873, California's Mount Whitney stands at 14,505 feet and is the highest summit in the contiguous United States. Whitney Portal Road remains closed at the lower gate. The views from Mt Whitney were nice, though I think I may have preferred the view from Mt Langley." 5/28 - Patchy snow fields on final approach to summit. Mt. 84% Upvoted. If you took a tumble to the west side though you would likely not be able to walk down the mountain...we left the packs at the base and just went up with water bottles. Looking at Mt. There are few sections of rock free trail. Advance reservations are in much higher demand than are available, so now a lottery decides who will attempt Whitney and its near neighbors (though a small number are available for walk in visitors at the ranger station in Lone Pine). The kind of cold that penetrates your expensive mountain hardware puffy and REI gloves and gets into your bones. Wattifoto has uploaded 3788 photos to Flickr. The first time I was there there was too much snow even though I went in July, so I didn't get less than 100 yards from the summit. This massive peak offers a variety of summit climbs, including the East Face and East Buttress. Now she’s in med school so there is very little time for exercising, if any. It would be a marathon of a weekend. Whitney Trail. Hiking Mt. It's funny you mentioned the summit rock at Alta. My boyfriend Matt was supposed to hike San Gorgonio, the highest peak in So Cal, with me but bailed last minute due to a hip injury. 8 comments. I read Into Thin Air earlier this year, and it scared me into always sticking to a turnaround time. Climbing Mt Whitney (DAY 2) The next morning I was packed up and on the trail by 7am, ready to officially start my hike up the main Mt Whitney trail. The hike is about 22 mi (35 km) round trip, with an elevation gain of over 6,100 feet (1,860 m). I did end up hiking San Gorgonio and I felt pretty good about it. Whitney. I've done Alta peak a couple of times. I could do 4 more miles in no time, right? A Complete Guide to the Mt Whitney Trail. You could spend a lot of time just camping here and taking in the sites without even going on the Mt. 34 summits. It’s only 9:15AM and we only have 1.9 miles to go. The exception to this is Mt. It starts at Whitney Portal, 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine, California. The trail becomes more exposed with steep drops and the hike becomes more of a scramble over rocks than a hike on a path. Great picture of Whitney! My friend Sophie has been over 16,000 FT while hiking in Macchu Piccu, but that was years ago. This year was my second time trying to get a permit for Whitney and the JMT. I think we were around 13,000 FT, and that is a game changer. I started counting the switchbacks to pass the time (it was very depressing), but I lost track somewhere around 80 and I blame it on the altitude affecting my ability to count. If you are planning to hike outside of that window, you don’t need a permit, but be prepared for a lot of snow and sketchy conditions. We took solace from the wind on the sunny side of a boulder right on the side of the trail. Whitney - Sequoia National Park - California 14er Dayhike - Duration: ... Sequoia Big Trees & Alta Peak Hike with REI - Duration: 7:16. sierramountaincenter 3,724 views. It was like we were preparing to summit Everest. Forests, meadows, alpine vistas. Yea, that summit block was cool. Since I was now confirmed, I could pick up my permit anytime Saturday while the Visitor Center was open. Whitney. 30 summits. If you don’t confirm, you must pick up the permit before noon the day before your hike. Bennett Peak… Mt. Doctor Sophie had to calm me down. hide. High Sierra Trail: Begins at Crescent Meadow. Includes beautiful images of all the key features of the Eastern Approach to Mt Whitney. More mountains: www.scaruffi.com/monument/californ.html Soon veering off to the right onto the North Fork Trail and The Mountaineer’s Route. Whitney day and overnight permits, which are being cancelled one week in advance of the hiking start day. I've done Alta peak a couple of times. Here goes nothing! Whitney is the tallest peak in the “lower 48,” but ranks 11th in the United States (the top ten are all in Alaska) and 24th in North America.It’s 65 feet taller than Mt. We set our alarm clocks for 2:30AM, I popped 2 Advil PMs, and we got into bed at 8PM. — sareine • Aug 4, 2020 ... Alta Peak. I started to lay my head back on a rock when I suddenly thought I was going to throw up. Results will be posted on March 24th. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency satellite transmission Sunday afternoon requesting a rescue near Mt. Patches of snow along the ridge line to summit, advise staying way from edge to avoid possible overhanging cornice. Hiking Mt. Hiking Mt. Dantes View. The air quality was near perfect. My first 14er. Access to this area during the peak season is controlled by strict limits on single day visitors, and even fewer overnight backpackers. Unfortunately, I think my nerves kept me up and I was tossing and turning throughout the night. Permits are needed if you are hiking between May 1 st and November 1 st.If you are planning to hike outside of that window, you don’t need a permit, but be prepared for a lot of snow and sketchy conditions. save. Also known as "Skier's Alta" or more technically "Peak 11,328", this is actually the highest point on the Alta Peak ridge, about 3/4 mile NE of Alta Peak. After a long long 1.9 miles, we all made it to the top. We found a ton of parking at the Portal, used the facilities, and then started looking for the trailhead at 3:30AM. Elbert — the tallest of the Rocky Mountains located in Colorado. We all agreed and crossed over the pass to the west side of the mountain. 29 summits. We were making great time. This is the same route that John Muir took on his solo summit of the peak on October 21, 1873. Make a loop out of it by taking the trail to the summit, then head east and north off the summit, descending to Pear Lake. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental United States. share. Whitney sits only 84 miles away from the lowest point in North America — Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park.It is situated on the Sierra Crest, running north-south and is surrounded b… We left the Whitney Motel promptly at 3:00AM and picked up our two friends at their campsite at 3:15AM. From the Ridgeline Trailhead parking lot, I crossed the street to Double Peak School. I was going to find out the hard way that you should take your San Gorgonio time and just double it to get an approximate Mt Whitney hike time. I completed the 18-mile hike in about 8 1/2 hours with lots of breaks. Here’s a quick list of items that I wish I had brought on my Whitney summit. Thanks for the report. Your route sounds much more interesting though! I did the loop, but in the opposite direction some years ago--long day hike! We tried to avoid taking long breaks because it was so cold that we’d start to shiver. Starting on June 1, the Inyo National Forest will be providing wilderness permits through a virtual process. If you live in LA, you can use the So Cal Six-Pack of Peaks as training hikes which include Wilson, Baldy, Cucamonga, San Bernadino, San Jacinto, and San Gorgonio. Mt. report. 36 summits. Mount Tyndall. The kind of cold that makes your nose run uncontrollably. Someone told me that there is a walk-in campsite in Lone Pine that is popular, but I didn’t look into that option. Made this hike a two for one special by including Franks Peak. Steady climb to Alta Peak. It's a fun "mini Whitney" hike from Wolverton. ALL OF US! Just enough slope to the west to make you watch your step, and to the east it was at least a 100 foot sheer drop. Lone Pine was almost 90 degrees that day and the thought of being warm again was unimaginable. I didn’t throw up, but I did start hyperventilating. That should give us plenty of time, right? On summit day, you’ll rack up at least 50,000 steps. Maybe plan a weekend backpacking trip? Did a quick trip up to Sequoia this weekend. If you win the lottery, you can make your reservation and pay between April 1st and April 30th. I took 2 Advil three times a day. That hike gave me a good day's workout! The wind was so strong, and with it came so much cold. Owens Peak. 34 summits. 37 summits. Permits . I knew I needed a bed and a good night’s sleep the night before our hike. Our turnaround time was 11AM-12PM so we should have plenty of time to go 1.9 miles. Travel the path with us and we will show you just what to expect along this world famous 11 mile trail to the top of the highest peak in the continental United States. - Winter Alta Peak. I was really cold. Whitney Summit from Trail Camp. You can also try for a walk-in permit, but all the walk-in permits come from no-shows. Whitney - The Highest Peak in the Contiguous USA. I hiked Mt Whitney! It was like hiking in a dream or maybe a nightmare. Long, easy-going traverse to Bearpaw Meadow. This thread is archived. Otherwise, you need to enter the permit lottery at fs.usda.gov anytime between February 1st and March 15th for a chance to hike Whitney that same year. Ever since I moved to California, I’ve made a goal to explore as much of the state’s wilderness as possible. Whitney had been our dream since we got to know about this popular hike. 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