A TYPICAL MT. WHITNEY DAY HIKE ITINERARY
Since you’ll want to depart tremendous early within the morning, I’d advocate driving in to Whitney Portal the night time earlier than and arrange camp at one of many campgrounds.
Be sure you set your alarm and have your headlamp prepared, as a result of you ought to be in your solution to the Mt. Whitney trailhead between 1am-3am.
You’ll begin climbing uphill and can quickly enter the John Muir Wilderness space, the place you would possibly get some good dawn views. After about 3 miles, you’ll go Lone Pine Lake, and after that, you’ll formally enter the Mt. Whitney Zone the place permits are required. You’ll see Outpost Camp at 3.5 miles then you definately’ll go Mirror Lake and Session Lake. Quickly you’ll head above treeline and go Path Camp at 6 miles in.
Ensure that to refill & filter your water at Path Camp earlier than heading as much as the Whitney summit as a result of after Path Camp, you gained’t have every other alternatives to refill on water till you’re again down from the summit. Additionally, be conscious of the time of day, the clouds, the climate, and the way you’re feeling. There’s by no means any disgrace in turning round. Hearken to your physique, and be good on the market.
After Path Camp is the place you need to dig deep and begin the intense uphill slog by the 97 switchbacks. When you make it by the switchbacks, you’ll be relieved to seek out the path evens out as you hit Path Crest. After you attain the junction with the John Muir Path, you’ll know you’re getting shut!
Head up the rock path to the summit of Mt. Whitney! Ensure that to have fun by signing the register and taking some epic summit selfies. However be sure to’re off the summit by midday, particularly if thunderstorms are within the forecast.
Whenever you’re prepared, begin the lengthy 10 mile descent again to Whitney Portal. In case you want some motivation, take into consideration the well-deserved burgers & beers ready for you on the Portal retailer when you make it again down.