14,505 ft / 4,421 m


10,075 ft / 3,070 m


464 summits

Top climbing months

August   28%

July   20%

September  19%

Most climbed route

Mount Whitney Trail

Class 1 • 6,250 ft / 1,905 m gain


  • Mount Whitney is the highest peak 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.
"Finally got Whitney. A particularly emotional experience, ending the JMT here. Acting overcautious on some InReach weather beta, I left camp above Guitar Lake just before two. Was on the summit by 4:30 waiting for the sun where I indulged a recent altitude tradition of English tea with milk. The summit doesn't disappoint, with expansive, dramatic views in nearly every direction. The winding craggy trail there is out of a movie. The hut makes it feel like an even higher mountain. A poignant ending to a very moving trek. Then its off to scramble fun on Muir Peak which felt appropriate." - JustinB, Aug 10, 2018
"My mountain-climbing tour was winding down and I wanted to finish it with a bang. I was planning on day-hiking Olancha Peak, but on a lark I dropped into the Ranger Station outside Lone Pine to see if there were any Whitney permits left. It was Memorial Day, so surely there wouldn't be any...wait, what's that? There are over 30 no-show permits available? Did I want one? Uhh...I guess I'm snow-climbing Whitney tomorrow! I started at the portal at 3:05a. I was pretty well acclimatized and made good progress up the Main Trail, arriving at Trail Camp just in time for the sunrise. At that time, " - klotito, May 28, 2018
"Was lucky enough to snag a permit for a one day hike for one person online after being forced to turn around before the summit due to snow and strong winds two weeks ago. This time the weather was perfect with just a little wind on the summit. Also had the benefit in that it was only two days past the full moon so had a well lit trail for my 2:00 a.m. start. The most difficult section had to be the 1.9 miles from Trail Crest to the summit. Longest two miles of my life." - laphil, Oct 8, 2017
"Started at 10pm in the evening/night before. Went fast, passed lots of groups. Turning one flashlight for the both of us. Didnt dress warm enough. Had to stop at one of the last of the 99 switchbacks and crawl into our sleeping bags on boulders next to the path. Climbed again when the sun started rising. Passed Trail Crest. What a view! Exhausted when we came to the top. Head was spinning. Went down on other side, passed Guitar Lake, went to Crabtree ranger station. Camped not far from it because rangers advised not to pursue more of the JMT. We lacked provisions. Went back next day to Whitney" - Pieter, Aug 14, 2017
"I always forget how long this route is. Klaus & I left under smoky skies at 4:15am from the portal. I felt great the whole time (thanks Colorado!), but we slowed down considerably on the way up the switchbacks below Trail Crest. I poked around the base of Mt. Muir, but didn't see any easy class 3 way up and not having a rope nor the confidence to down climb the route, I bailed and made my way up back to the main trail to catch up with Klaus at the summit. Great views as usual, despite the smoke. Uneventful trip down. Took the old trail down to the store on the south side of Lone Pine cr" - edg, Aug 13, 2017



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