Dry-ish but icy ascending major snow storm on the descent making the trail disappear. Been back a few times off season but never during the season.
No snow and perfect weather car to car attempt and the latest summit to date for me at 3:13pm.
Only possible due to the absence of snow and altitude sickness, and a perfect weather.
15.5hrs round trip with 6am start. Always have layers (it was very windy, and listen to your body). The majority of the group had hard time making it down from the summit from being tired and experiencing altitude sickness. It took three hours longer for some due to that.
Plan to re-visit this mountain in 2017!
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.
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.
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.
Our group and a few others summitted that day. We had poles but no axes or crampons, no problems though.
Solo dayhike up the Mountaineers route and then came down the main trail. Summited Whitney and Muir,16 hours car to car.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Summited on 11/3/13. Microspikes needed above trail camp. High winds on summit. Great climb. Crystal clear view from top!
Did the long and classic day hike from Whitney Portal. Nice late summer day. Great hike with Amy, Matt, Stan, and Doug.
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.
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.
Took us about 16 hours and I got a headache at the top but it was fun
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.
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.
Great dayhike! I would like to camp out there some day and take another route.