Vitaliy M. wrote:The MR via the NF Lone Pine Creek Trail, is within the Whitney Region Lottery Program.
I secured my permit on recreation.gov couple of month in advance, without any lottery. There is false information on the web site that leads one to believe it is part of lottery, but than you can reserve it if you do your search correctly.
I would suggest a winter ascent. No permit required, less crowds, unique experience. Enjoy.
I also went this May 14. I stood in line and got my wilderness permit at 11am, and I then hit the trail at noon. I overnighted 2 nights at Upper Boy Scout. No lottery on the MR.
Also, here's a photo of why NOT to bring a big pack.