Climbed this bad boy via the mountaineers route and descended the main trail. This was my first time up the mountain on any route and my Dad's third (he climbed via the main trail his other two times) and we thouroughly enjoyed our climb. It was a perfect day on the mountain in the morning, sunny and warm until above iceberg lake. The consensus between us was that the mountaineers route kicks the crap out of the main trail and is a ton more fun to climb, however we can't comment on descending it although the trail is long and boring. The views of the peak are far superior to that of the main trail and we only saw like 7 people all day, none of them dayhiking like we were. It snowed on us a little bit up at the top. It was a long ass day but absolutely fantastic.
Best day ever...
Climb the mountaineers route.
It rained in the night ... it snowed in the early morning. Snow in August! I was wearing shorts. I did not have the sense to turn back as others did on the way up the snow-lined 99 switchbacks -- and I'm glad of that. Alone I was with God on the summit that morning. The combination of spectacular views and peace and serenity cannot be described. This trek was an experience like no other.
Completely socked in and zero view so I felt kind of cheated. Then it started sleeting... Overall an awesome experience though. I didn't feel like the 99 switchbacks were as bad as I thought. Hiking back uphill to Trail Crest on the way down was awful though. It's not a long stretch but your body's had enough up at that point.
Elevation is tough, but great views during last hour!
Camped at trail camp. 99 switchbacks went on forever, but making it to the highest point in the lower 48 was well worth the time it took to get there.
Great weather and climb with SWS
Started at Lone Pine Campground for fear of it being too snowy at Whitney Portal. Stayed at outpost camp. Summitted next day. Very little snow for January. Very windy storm hit on way down, but there was little snow falling.
-7 F the night before at 12000 ft. Warmed up on Summit day. 15 F felt really warm in the sun.
I missed this hike last year (Mountaineer's Route) because I got hit by a car riding my bike two weeks before my trip. But I made it this year (standard route) with a lot of advil ...
Semi-cloudy day. Only one or two patches of snow remained. Easy route.
W/ dad, Doug & Jim Fithian
First California fourteener
I liked the MR, although there could have been more snow. AND I would have enjoyed the summit a bit more if I wasn't ill with (what turned out to be) mono...
A very very very long walk. An extremely long day gave me a good chance to delve deep into the very soul of my GF, haha.
Mountaineers route. Started at 530am, summit at 130. Took a nice little break at iceberg lake. Was a great experience and challenge. Took Whitney trail down, 5 hours nonstop, beating. Overall though a great day with great weather! Shout out to Matt for climbing with me from UBS lake on up.
Awesome day hike.
Climbed Whitney as a long Boy Scout trip back in high school or so. Very memorable trip. Next time will be the mountaineers route or some other rock route.
Rain backed off for perfect weather. Day 1 to just below ice berg. Day 2 up the buttress then into the gulley, travers at the notch ( not a fan) .lots of scene on the way down. Packed up and down to lbs after a nap, out the next morning
High above the smoke in the valley. Another dazzlingly clear Sierra day. It was my 22nd time.
After two days (and nights) of heavy rain, the mountain was a river. We left for Whitney Portal around 4:00 a.m. and it was still raining. Up on the switchbacks to Whitney Portal we found numerous rock slides, which we had to clear enough to get around and continue. We learned later the road was closed after we'd already passed through. The last half mile before the trail head parking was washed out, so we parked and hiked the extra distance. It quit raining shortly after we left, but roughly one mile from the trail head, Lone Pine Creek was running at full tilt, so we had to ford it, taking shoes, socks, and pant bottoms off to get across. There were other crossings what were also across the flooding creek. The trail was basically a running stream over much of the climb, especially in the lower elevations, and most of the 97 or so switch backs before the crest. Up there along the crest we were in the clouds and visibility was very poor. When we finally made the summit, we heard some distant thunder, and the register was a soggy mulch. On the way down though, the clouds started breaking up and the weather improved some. The people who had back packed in the day before looked like drowned rats, and many turned back with out attempting the summit. Since the road was closed, we saw very few people after Trail Camp. The whole trip took about 14 hours. It was great. For pictures and a more detailed report, look here: http://400000milesandcounting.blogspot.com/2013/07/mount-whitney-day-hike-july-23-2013.html
After quitting my job in December and switching gears to become a full-time student again, I knew that I would needed to give myself a nice treat during the summer months; permits for North Fork of Lone Pine Creek-JM34 just happened to be it. We were a group of four, all current/former Mazamas, and we had a great time on the Mountaineer's Route to the top. Very few people on the whole route and serene views abound.