This is the same route that John Muir took on his solo summit of the peak on October 21, 1873. Hiking Mt. It will be COLD, but you are more likely to get the permit. It is an extremely popular trail, and its access is restricted by quotas from May to October. This massive peak offers a variety of summit climbs, including the East Face and East Buttress. The night before our hike, we all went out to dinner and discussed a turnaround time. At 14,505, Mt. Mount Whitney O36118e3 1:24,000: First Ascent: August 18, 1873 Begole, Charles (United States) Johnson, Albert Lucas, John: Route #1 : Maintained Hiking Trail: Mt. I knew I needed a bed and a good night’s sleep the night before our hike. Maybe plan a weekend backpacking trip? Now she’s in med school so there is very little time for exercising, if any. And you can barely see Whitney's summit from Alta… And boy was it cold up there. Make a loop out of it by taking the trail to the summit, then head east and north off the summit, descending to Pear Lake. We made it to the last water stop at the base of the 99 switchbacks approximately 7 miles in by 7AM, we were averaging 30-minute miles and we were passing people left and right on the trail. Lone Pine was almost 90 degrees that day and the thought of being warm again was unimaginable. We took a break, ate some snacks, filtered some water, and then started up the 99 switchbacks. About seventy miles to Mt. Yes, you have to carry it out. If you took a tumble to the west side though you would likely not be able to walk down the mountain...we left the packs at the base and just went up with water bottles. Starting on June 1, the Inyo National Forest will be providing wilderness permits through a virtual process. Whitney Summit: Climbing the highest peak in the contiguous United States. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Access to this area during the peak season is controlled by strict limits on single day visitors, and even fewer overnight backpackers. It was like we were preparing to summit Everest. VIew from the top of Mt Whitney (via the mountaineering route). The kind of cold that makes your nose run uncontrollably. It’s only 9:15AM and we only have 1.9 miles to go. But there were other hikers starting their summit, so we followed them and quickly found the Portal. I read Into Thin Air earlier this year, and it scared me into always sticking to a turnaround time. I was in so much pain from the direct impact. I think the Advil was really helping. The start of the hike, the Mt Whitney Portal has everything from campsites and waterfalls to a restaurant and fishing lake. Hiked up the Lakes Trail, via the "Watchtower" loop, up to Pear Lake (the Watchtower is a pretty impressive climbing wall, and the trail from there to the lakes basin gives you great views of the Kaweah River drainage; definitely worth taking that loop). We tried to avoid taking long breaks because it was so cold that we’d start to shiver. Forests, meadows, alpine vistas. It would be a little late in the season to summit a 14er (peaks above 14,000 FT), let alone my first 14er. 29 summits. Escolha entre premium de Monte Whitney da melhor qualidade. Our pace plummeted on the switchbacks from 30 to 45 to 60-minute miles. 34 summits. Mt Whitney is 22 miles– only 4 more miles than San Gorgonio! Fo real. What's a good mountain to do next that is similar in difficulty? Owens Peak. We were making great time. Whitney - Sequoia National Park - California 14er Dayhike - Duration: ... Sequoia Big Trees & Alta Peak Hike with REI - Duration: 7:16. sierramountaincenter 3,724 views. Permits are needed if you are hiking between May 1 st and November 1 st.If you are planning to hike outside of that window, you don’t need a permit, but be prepared for a lot of snow and sketchy conditions. We had to take tons of breaks and were hiking very slowly. We verbalized that we wouldn’t leave anyone alone on the mountain and decided that our turnaround time should be between 11AM and 12PM. 30 summits. I slowly approached the boulder and I hit my knee as hard as I possibly could on the boulder. At a minimum, get as many steps as you can. Cardio! Hiked down the Alta trail back to Wolverton. Whitney. At an elevation of 14505 feet (4421 m), Mt. save. Oh, and Matt will tell you that he felt drunk from the altitude. We sat there, eating more snacks, all very cold and tired. Whitney and other Sierra Peak in September 2011. Still some residual smoke in the fires in the Mineral King area, but they are not impacting the air quality in the region (at least based on visual inspection). Results will be posted on March 24th. Includes beautiful images of all the key features of the Eastern Approach to Mt Whitney. I thought I felt better than that, but I saw a huge boulder in the middle of the trail and I told myself not to hit my knee on that boulder. Because many of the snow-capped peaks in the Great Western Divide reach altitudes of 12,000 feet (3,657 meters) or higher, it is unfortunately impossible to see over them to view Mt. Wattifoto has uploaded 3788 photos to Flickr. I took 2 Advil three times a day. — sareine • Aug 4, 2020 ... Alta Peak. 5/28 - Patchy snow fields on final approach to summit. And we wanted to summit as quickly as possible, so we could start hiking back to Lone Pine, and get warm again. Canyons, vistas. Summit clear of snow. Hiking Mt. The exception to this is Mt. Soon veering off to the right onto the North Fork Trail and The Mountaineer’s Route. That hike gave me a good day's workout! Whitney will take about 6 months of planning. Mount Tyndall. Permits . It's a fun "mini Whitney" hike from Wolverton. More mountains: www.scaruffi.com/monument/californ.html I was really cold. The first time I was there there was too much snow even though I went in July, so I didn't get less than 100 yards from the summit. My heart rate was high, but it was comfortable, and my breathing was feeling perfectly fine. If you want to know about our training… there was very little. Steady climb to Alta Peak. Explore Wattifoto's photos on Flickr. Steady climb to lakes and passes beyond. Looking at Mt. I completed the 18-mile hike in about 8 1/2 hours with lots of breaks. report. I was surprised that I got a permit for 5 people for the last Sunday of September. Whitney was really fun. Shoot for 20,000 steps a day during the week and more during the weekend. Mount Whitney is the highest point in the lower 48, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. Climbing Mt Whitney (DAY 2) The next morning I was packed up and on the trail by 7am, ready to officially start my hike up the main Mt Whitney trail. From the Ridgeline Trailhead parking lot, I crossed the street to Double Peak School. Wrong. Mount Whitney is the highest point in the lower 48, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. Being the highest peak of the contiguous United States, it was appealing not only because of the views but also because of the challenge it laid in front of us. I then turned left on a dirt road which led to the base of Mt Whitney and Franks Peak. Whitney Portal. Thanks for the report. But my whole group had the same mentality, let’s just show up and see how it goes. It was nice hiking the first three hours in the dark because I didn’t notice how long or steep those first few miles were. Thanks! Just enough slope to the west to make you watch your step, and to the east it was at least a 100 foot sheer drop. Get up to an elevation of at least 10,000 FT as many times as you can before your hike. 36 summits. Here’s a quick list of items that I wish I had brought on my Whitney summit. - Winter Alta Peak. Great picture of Whitney! The Mount Whitney Trail, starting at the Whitney Portal, is the most popular route to the summit, and travels for 10.4 miles (16.7 km) with an elevation gain over 6000 feet (1820 m). ...What do I do now? 34 summits. Return to Wolverton parking area via the Pear Lake trail. High Sierra Trail: Begins at Crescent Meadow. This year was my second time trying to get a permit for Whitney and the JMT. The hike is about 22 mi (35 km) round trip, with an elevation gain of over 6,100 feet (1,860 m). My boyfriend Matt was supposed to hike San Gorgonio, the highest peak in So Cal, with me but bailed last minute due to a hip injury. Before I knew it, my alarm was going off. Your route sounds much more interesting though! 8 comments. Two hours later at 9AM, we arrived at Trail Crest, a mountain pass that connects to the John Muir Trail that will take you all the way to Yosemite. Whitney Trail Trailhead: Whiney Portal Campground (Paved Road) 8350 ft/2545 m Vertical Gain: 6148 ft/1874 m Distance (one way): 10.75 mi/17.3 km: Data Source After a long long 1.9 miles, we all made it to the top. Thanks for the report. The slowdown wasn’t from the elevation gain, but from the high altitude. Split Mountain. Otherwise, you need to enter the permit lottery at fs.usda.gov anytime between February 1st and March 15th for a chance to hike Whitney that same year. The air quality was near perfect. I've done Alta peak a couple of times. Even though the High Sierra is probably nothing compared to Everest, it still gets weather and people still die or get evacuated every year. Whitney - The Highest Peak in the Contiguous USA. Climbing photos at Mount Whitney uploaded by users of mountain-forecast.com Peak Productions PO Box 8022 500 Commerce Circle Unit #B Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 760-387-2561 Phone 760-874-0324 Fax CustomerService@PeakProductions.biz A mellow ascent takes you to the summit, which has similar jawdropping views as Alta Peak. Permits are needed if you are hiking between May 1st and November 1st. We all agreed and crossed over the pass to the west side of the mountain. Advance reservations are in much higher demand than are available, so now a lottery decides who will attempt Whitney and its near neighbors (though a small number are available for walk in visitors at the ranger station in Lone Pine). Did a quick trip up to Sequoia this weekend. The Mt Whitney Trail is still closed. That should give us plenty of time, right? There is no water available at the trailhead. Here goes nothing! http//:www.hikinglasvegas.com Day hike to Mt. I hiked Mt Whitney! Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.4. Travel the path with us and we will show you just what to expect along this world famous 11 mile trail to the top of the highest peak in the continental United States. The High Sierra ended up getting their first snow later that week. Mount Williamson. After months of rejection emails for a JMT permit (I never did get that permit), I was not optimistic about Whitney. Mt Whitney is a whole other beast. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental United States. The wind was so strong, and with it came so much cold. Camped there, then ascended the drainage on the north side of Pear Lake, traversed across the granite benches east of the lake, then gained the summit via the northeast ridge. Dantes View. I didn’t throw up, but I did start hyperventilating. I don’t think we spent more than 15 minutes at the top, just a couple photos, pounded a sandwich in the hut, and started back down the trail. Whitney sits only 84 miles away from the lowest point in North America — Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park.It is situated on the Sierra Crest, running north-south and is surrounded b… I did end up hiking San Gorgonio and I felt pretty good about it. She saw that I hadn’t confirmed my trip, so she confirmed it for me on the phone (I didn’t know I was supposed to confirm the trip after I had paid). The summit of Alta Peak, a strenuous 7-mile hike from the Wolverton picnic area, is the closest place from which to see Mt. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency satellite transmission Sunday afternoon requesting a rescue near Mt. My friend Sophie has been over 16,000 FT while hiking in Macchu Piccu, but that was years ago. I’m still in disbelief that we summited the highest peak in the lower 48 states. We took solace from the wind on the sunny side of a boulder right on the side of the trail. This massive peak offers a variety of summit climbs, including the East Face and East Buttress. Someone told me that there is a walk-in campsite in Lone Pine that is popular, but I didn’t look into that option. I then made a sharp left at the gate and followed the paved road to the end of the school property. No one knew where it was! Workout 3-5 times a week either running or walking. See below for a proper training program. Whitney. Immediately, the wind was pushing against our bodies so hard that I would occasionally put my hand on a nearby rock to brace myself. Also known as "Skier's Alta" or more technically "Peak 11,328", this is actually the highest point on the Alta Peak ridge, about 3/4 mile NE of Alta Peak. We set our alarm clocks for 2:30AM, I popped 2 Advil PMs, and we got into bed at 8PM. Made this hike a two for one special by including Franks Peak. Had a crystal clear view of Whitney off to the east. Elbert — the tallest of the Rocky Mountains located in Colorado. Whitney day and overnight permits, which are being cancelled one week in advance of the hiking start day. share. I had to sit down immediately. I could do 4 more miles in no time, right? First called Fisherman’s Peak after the group of fishermen that reached the summit in 1873, California's Mount Whitney stands at 14,505 feet and is the highest summit in the contiguous United States. Since I was now confirmed, I could pick up my permit anytime Saturday while the Visitor Center was open. Mt. Thousands enjoy hiking Mount Whitney each year for premiere Serra Nevada views, whether on the lower trails on the mountain’s flanks or on one of the major approaches to the summit. Snow level approximately 10,000ft. Unfortunately, I think my nerves kept me up and I was tossing and turning throughout the night. ALL OF US! Whitney Summit: Climbing the highest peak in the contiguous United States. It's a fun "mini Whitney" hike from Wolverton. Whitney. Should we try to summit? Whitney Portal Road remains closed at the lower gate. Sort by. Our turnaround time was 11AM-12PM so we should have plenty of time to go 1.9 miles. Get in touch. Not sure if this actually helped or not, but I wasn’t going to take any chances. But we are all relatively fit so I think we were confident that we’d be okay hiking Whitney, and if we wanted to turn around at any time, we could. Mount Whitney Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Mount Whitney is: A light covering of new snow mostly falling on Thu morningTemperatures will be well below freezing (max -7°C on Wed morning, min -15°C on Thu morning)Winds increasing (light winds from the NW on Tue night, near gales from the NW by Thu morning). With limited vacation time (all my vacation time was used hiking in the High Sierra in the summer), our plan was to drive to Lone Pine Saturday, pick up our permit, hike Sunday, and drive back to LA on Sunday night. Mt. This thread is archived. Hiking Mt. You could spend a lot of time just camping here and taking in the sites without even going on the Mt. I quickly calmed down and the initial shock wore off. Patches of snow along the ridge line to summit, advise staying way from edge to avoid possible overhanging cornice. I wish it wasn’t so freezing, so we could have enjoyed our summit a little more, but I’m glad it was a crystal-clear day and the views were spectacular. Whitney had been our dream since we got to know about this popular hike. You can also try for a walk-in permit, but all the walk-in permits come from no-shows. Mount Whitney's summit is on the Sierra Crest and the Great Basin Divide.It lies near many of the Sierra Nevada's highest peaks. If you live in LA, you can use the So Cal Six-Pack of Peaks as training hikes which include Wilson, Baldy, Cucamonga, San Bernadino, San Jacinto, and San Gorgonio. The peak rises dramatically above the Owens Valley, sitting 10,778 feet (3,285 m) or just over 2 mi (3.2 km) above the town of Lone Pine 15 mi (24 km) to the east, in the Owens Valley. Whitney is the tallest peak in the “lower 48,” but ranks 11th in the United States (the top ten are all in Alaska) and 24th in North America.It’s 65 feet taller than Mt. The views from Mt Whitney were nice, though I think I may have preferred the view from Mt Langley." Whitney will take about 6 months of planning. Long, easy-going traverse to Bearpaw Meadow. I started to lay my head back on a rock when I suddenly thought I was going to throw up. Ever since I moved to California, I’ve made a goal to explore as much of the state’s wilderness as possible. So far, it hasn’t disappointed. I think we were around 13,000 FT, and that is a game changer. The Whitney trail starts at Whitney Portal, which is only a 20-minute drive from Lone Pine. The Friday before our hike, I called the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center and asked about the deadline to pick up the permit. Alta Peak Trail. Whitney Trail. Whitney from Moro Rock. Yea, that summit block was cool. Alta Peak in Sequoia comes to mind. Encontre fotos de stock e imagens editoriais de notícias perfeitas de Monte Whitney da Getty Images. Lakes Trail (Pear Lake) … Doctor Sophie had to calm me down. Bonus if you can sleep at high elevation for a night or two. The last 1.9 miles were hard. On summit day, you’ll rack up at least 50,000 steps. The trail becomes more exposed with steep drops and the hike becomes more of a scramble over rocks than a hike on a path. We found a ton of parking at the Portal, used the facilities, and then started looking for the trailhead at 3:30AM. Bennett Peak… I've done Alta peak a couple of times. Mount Whitney Mountain Photos. How to Hike Mt. I was going to find out the hard way that you should take your San Gorgonio time and just double it to get an approximate Mt Whitney hike time. It was like hiking in a dream or maybe a nightmare. A Complete Guide to the Mt Whitney Trail. We left the Whitney Motel promptly at 3:00AM and picked up our two friends at their campsite at 3:15AM. Since there is only about a 35% success rate for the coveted Whitney permit, be open to hiking on a week day or hiking a little later in the season. Knowing that we wouldn’t have much time to acclimate, I prescribed myself an Advil regimen. The kind of cold that penetrates your expensive mountain hardware puffy and REI gloves and gets into your bones. First allowed campsite - Panther Gap (3 miles), no water. If you don’t confirm, you must pick up the permit before noon the day before your hike. WE MADE IT TO THE TOP OF WHITNEY! It's funny you mentioned the summit rock at Alta. It would be a marathon of a weekend. Hyperventilating at 14,000 FT is not fun. Mt. hide. 84% Upvoted. Your route sounds much more interesting though! There are few sections of rock free trail. If you win the lottery, you can make your reservation and pay between April 1st and April 30th. If you are planning to hike outside of that window, you don’t need a permit, but be prepared for a lot of snow and sketchy conditions. 7:16. Reaching an elevation of 14,508 feet, it towers more than 10,000 vertical feet above the Owens Valley, and because of its lofty position, it is the most sought after peak in all of North America. It starts at Whitney Portal, 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine, California. How did that happen? I did the loop, but in the opposite direction some years ago--long day hike! You can either get a motel in Lone Pine or get a campsite in advance at the Portal. My knee was fine, a little bloody, a little swollen and bruised, but not bad considering my reaction. 37 summits. 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