14,505 ft / 4,421 m


10,075 ft / 3,070 m


444 summits

Top climbing months

August   27%

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.
"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
"Mt Whitney #2. Thanks Shin Goto for organizing this trip. We celebrated his Bday & Colleen and Karla's Badwater Finish this year. All 8 of us made it to the top and were treated to perfect weather conditions. The giant moon lit our way until dawn. This mountain beat me down to nothing. It's a long, steep, technical but beautiful trail. (trail running "technical" not Mountain climbing "technical". It's just a class 1 walk trail) I was on the 70th-ish switchback (of 99) and wanted to quit so bad. I told Shin I want to quit and was done and he and our group went on. I hiked up and down 50 yard" - paula.raimondi, Aug 9, 2017
"Easily the hardest thing I've ever done. Overnight stay at trail camp to acclimate. Recommend bringing a water filter rather than a shitload of water. Portal to trail camp was harsh with a 30lb pack. Portal to trail camp was a beautiful hike. I loved the creeks, meadows, small frozen waterfalls, and the fall colors. The lakes were amazing check points. It was sooo cold at trail camp! Luckily, no strong winds. Just creepy sounds from fellow hikers that kept making me think about bears. Trail camp to crest? I had 97 problems, and they were all switchbacks. I ended up hopping fro" - Roselle, Oct 12, 2016



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