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mbettickOne Day Trip - Main Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2016


One day trip - camped at the Lone Pine campground and hit the trail at 3:15AM. Was up at Trail Camp just after sunrise and at the summit around 9:45AM. Back to the parking lot around 4:30PM. It’s a long, tiring walk, but pretty easy hike otherwise.

Temperature at the summit was around 20 and it was very windy (it was the coldest day of the week by 10 degrees). No snow on the trail, but the section with the cables above the Trail Camp switchbacks had a pretty thick shelf of ice, otherwise the trail was in great shape and easy to navigate – trekking poles were a great help, especially on the descent.

First time hiking Whitney, it was a good trip. Lots of roadwork going on with the main road heading into Whitney Portal (on Highway 395 too) not sure if that happens every year, but be sure to check road conditions.
Posted Oct 24, 2016 4:40 pm

DieselNever lonely on this trail.   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2016


I hiked this trail a few times to access summits such as Mts. Whitney, Muir, Mcadie & Irvine. It is one of the easiest and most maintained trail in the area.
Posted Jul 22, 2016 2:49 pm

nicozoneRound 2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2016


After summiting via the Mountaineer's Route in 2013, this was a pleasant experience of obvious trails, high treeline, and many more people on trail. High winds are a factor at Trail Camp and above Trail Crest.
Posted Jun 23, 2016 11:33 am

tylerhsSummitted despite lack of gear.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2015


Our group and a few others summitted that day. We had poles but no axes or crampons, no problems though.
Posted Oct 22, 2015 1:36 am

BlackmouthBeautiful Fall Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2015


Solo dayhike up the Mountaineers route and then came down the main trail. Summited Whitney and Muir,16 hours car to car.
Posted Sep 25, 2015 1:26 pm

ozarkmacLast day of the JMT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2014


Broke camp at Guitar Lake at 4:00 a.m. We had the summit to ourselves as the sun rose over Owens Valley below. Exciting finish to an amazing 3 week backpack from Yosemite Valley. Stumbled down to Whitney Portal against what seemed like the entire city of Los Angeles coming up the trail.
Posted May 25, 2015 1:09 pm

sskeepDay Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2010


Day hiked it in 12 hours. My crampons fell off my pack on the way up. My friend glisaded down from the summit, while I hiked the trail looking for the crampons, but never found them. Awesome day. Stayed in Lone Pine then went to Death Valley the next day. Not much to see there.
Posted Dec 11, 2014 3:31 pm

96avs01Super Moon Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2014


Dayhiked under the illumination of the super moon. Missed the sunrise by about 20 minutes as one in our party had some altitude sickness issues and finally had to turn around at Trail Camp.
Posted Aug 13, 2014 12:47 pm

Jimmy RiversBeautiful Whitney!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2013

Jimmy Rivers

Lucked out on weather and conditions, despite the fires burning 100 miles up the road all over Yosemite. The day before our hike, smoke covered the high Sierras and towns below. However, it cleared and we had beautiful weather and conditions hiking to the tallest point in the lower 48 states! I loved Mt Whitney!
Posted Jan 12, 2014 9:52 pm

GrennAlmost Winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2013
Summited on 11/3/13. Microspikes needed above trail camp. High winds on summit. Great climb. Crystal clear view from top!
Posted Nov 6, 2013 2:32 am

cdogWhitney-in-a-day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2013


Did the long and classic day hike from Whitney Portal. Nice late summer day. Great hike with Amy, Matt, Stan, and Doug.
Posted Sep 15, 2013 11:16 pm

Trailboss881st CA 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2012


This hike made my 13th 14er but first in California. The weather was great, but the trail is long and tiring even in 2 days. Spent the night in the summit hut and got AMS. Definitely doing a technical route if I go back because the trail is boring.
Posted Nov 8, 2012 1:04 pm

kteichertHP #29  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2012


What a great trail. A lot of hard work went into making that trail doable for everyone. Well deserved credit goes to the workers. Amazing.
Posted Oct 12, 2012 3:13 pm

davidpickavanceLong but satisfying  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2002
Took us about 16 hours and I got a headache at the top but it was fun
Posted Mar 9, 2012 5:25 pm

hightineraryBonus Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2015


I have done this route many times. Now I prefer it as a descent route only, so I can climb bonus peaks along the ridge on the way down.
Posted Dec 22, 2011 3:16 pm

jonathanlukAwesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2010


Summited with my 65-year old dad and 6 other friends, well planned 3 day trip, Whitney Trail, perfect weather. Want to do the day trip, as well as down the road with my kids.
Posted Oct 29, 2011 3:54 am

MtnDoserMission Accomplished!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2011


Great dayhike! I would like to camp out there some day and take another route.
Posted Sep 2, 2011 8:28 pm

klimbienSuccess  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2010


Loved it - would like to summit again via another route.
Posted Mar 28, 2011 2:28 pm

WildAmazing day hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010


My first climb in the Sierras. Nothing short of epic.
Posted Oct 28, 2010 12:20 am

QuikRWhitney by August full moon light   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2010
While resting back at the family campground 13 hours after my first ever ascent and summit of Whitney earlier that windy morning, I got the idea to give it a 2nd go, solo at night. At 10:27 pm I started back up the trailhead from the portal hiking mostly by moonlight. Coming up the lower switches, I started looking left and exploiting the smooth and steep granite slabs that ran parallel to the creek. At the lower meadow, I went hikers left past the waterfall and staight up through a rapidly inclining granite boulder field, gaining the elevation up to the main trail camp. These granite boulders were magnificent large shiny quartz filled obstacles that required faithful dynamic moves to stay on time and keep moving over some distance. The quartz chips within this granite emited an incredible refelctive glow under moonlight. This field eventually threads into the glacial morains carved through bedrock that leads back right and up into the main trail camp. Above the switchbacks, there was virtually no wind unlike earlier that day when it was 60+ consistent. I reached the summit a few minutes before 3:00 am, bagged the first summit entry of the day and wrote a few notes as I took in the moonlight silhouettes of the surrounding view. After about :10 mins, I was booking hastily back down towards the trail crest. In good time, I was looking back down onto the first riser's coming up from camp. The pain of muscle fatigue from the earlier climb had been replaced with an aching in my feet as I duplicated the day's earlier 6,000 ft descent down the rocky trial. There with my summit log I snatched as a souvenier, I arrived back at camp. I dove back into my tent for an hour of sleep before my party woke to pack and leave, and I would tell them about the night's adventure.
Posted Aug 24, 2010 10:56 pm

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