After having an awesome time on the Mountaineer's Route in 2013, my girlfriend asked if I would take her up the mountain as well. Since Pinnacle Ridge divides Lone Pine Creek drainage from North Fork Lone Pine Creek drainage, I decided that the Whitney Trail would be an interesting exploration this time. Luckily, lottery results were in our favor again and we were able to get a 4-person permit for the weekend. Some new snowfall the weekend before gave us a bit of pause, but other than some early morning ice along the chains, we only had to contend with a biting cold wind all the way to the summit. Great views from the summit as always!
My third attempt and my third successful summit. Extremely windy at Trail Crest and from there to the summit. Snow and ice on the trail around the cables made micro spikes a good idea. Also snow for a 100 yards below Trail Crest was another good place to have micro spikes, then a bit of scrambling over the rocks to bypass the snow in the pass. Seven out of nine hikers from the Malibu Hiking meetup group summited.
Departed portal lot ~1:30pm Saturday with skis on back, about an hour hike to consistent snow ~1/2mi. past wilderness boundary...soft snow for easy skinning, had to take skis off just a few times till Mirror Lake...contrary to standard route, traversed climber's left of lake, then ascended a steep snowfield ("variation 2" on the Whitney Trail page), too steep & icy, had to remove skis and posthole to boulders on climber's left, a grueling but somewhat short ascent to link back with standard route...continued upward and set camp just north of Consultation Lake ~6:30.
Lazy sunny Sunday awaiting snow to soften, decamped ~1pm and the spring corn was prime...eventually went skier's right of the rocky outcrop ("variation 1") that most hike over, some really nice turns out there but take care not to cliff out if you stay close to the big outcrops, furthest right is safest...from there it's however you can get down as the snow thins out, still some fun trees to get down through...skies off at 2:30, another hour down on the trail.
Cold night. Snow seemed good & soft around noon and thereafter. Good times.
I've hiked the trail (up and down), climbed the East Face (solo)and East Buttress and descended the Mountaineer's Route. Still more I'd like to do.
Great conditions beautiful mountain... what more can you ask for.
Beautiful cold day. Amazing!
I do this every so odd often years. First it was in Summer, then in Fall, and I'd like to run it in a day now. Every time is different. Every time unique.
Definitely a trip to remember. About half way coming down I did get tired. Breathtaking and amazing!
My husband and I attempted Whitney and were turned around by a thunder storm about halfway up. We were bummed because we planned and trained so much but we didn't want to risk it. Whitney will be there next year!
Routine hike on the Whitney Trail. I took a detour to do Muir as Well.
Associate got the lottery for the permit, but two of his friends bailed. He asked if I wanted to go, so I got a spot to go few days before the trip. Weather was great.
My first non-winter conditions trip. Unlike my past winter Whitney trip where there was an overnight wind storm. My friend's tent pole snapped and the tent collapsed from the weight of the snow. Woke up to 2-3 feet around the tent with some snow on top.
Started Onion Valley on the 8th (32 wedding anniversary, sorry honey) with our group of 6. All but one made it to the top (got dysentery in CT Meadows). Great day and beautiful weather the entire 6 days of the hike.
2nd time on Whitney, 42 years apart.
Sept 24, 2015
Solo dayhike up the Mountaineers Route to Whitney and then onto Mt. Muir and then the main trail to the portal. 16 hours car to car. A beautiful fall day in the Sierra with very little wind.
Dayhike on the main trail, this time with trekking poles, almost feels like cheating.
Trip report in 2012
Lots of people, blue bags suck....But otherwise beautiful, cute marmots, physically exhausting but fun! Way more enjoyable to do it in 3 days
Nice hike, great views, met some real nice people.
Great end to the JMT!