Mount Whitney

Mount Whitney is the highest summit in the contiguous US, and amazingly lies just 76 miles west of the lowest point in North America at Badwater in Death Valley National Park (282 feet below sea level). The western slope of Whitney lies within Sequoia National Park and the summit is the southern terminus of the famous John Muir Trail. The most popular route to the summit is by way of the Mount Whitney Trail which starts at Whitney Portal, 13 miles west of the town of Lone Pine. The hike is about 22 miles round trip with an elevation gain of over 6,100 feet. The "Mountaineer's Route", a gully on the north side of the east face first climbed by John Muir, is considered a scramble and is frequently skied in the spring. The East Face offers a classic technical route. Permits are required year round on this very popular mountain.

Mount Whitney SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by scott

276 people report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Mar 22, 2014. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are Whitney Portal, Mount Whitney Trail and Main trail from the Whitney Portal.

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Routes Used trails & approaches

29% Whitney Portal

26% Mount Whitney Trail

17% Main trail from the Whitney Portal

5% John Muir Trail

4% Mountaineers Route

3% Mountaineer's Route


2% high sierra trail

1% Whitney Trail

1% horseshoe meadows,army pass,rock creek,crabtree pass

0% Trail, Class 1

0% Main trail

0% Eastern Buttress

0% Horseshoe Meadows to New Army Pass through Miter Basin over Discover Pinnacle

0% Mt. Whitney Trail, starting from Whitney Portal

0% Mountaineer's Route

0% East Face


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