I was in so much pain from the direct impact. I completed the 18-mile hike in about 8 1/2 hours with lots of breaks. My knee was fine, a little bloody, a little swollen and bruised, but not bad considering my reaction. More mountains: www.scaruffi.com/monument/californ.html Hyperventilating at 14,000 FT is not fun. I read Into Thin Air earlier this year, and it scared me into always sticking to a turnaround time. 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). 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 Someone told me that there is a walk-in campsite in Lone Pine that is popular, but I didn’t look into that option. Patches of snow along the ridge line to summit, advise staying way from edge to avoid possible overhanging cornice. We left the Whitney Motel promptly at 3:00AM and picked up our two friends at their campsite at 3:15AM. The slowdown wasn’t from the elevation gain, but from the high altitude. 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). 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). 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. ALL OF US! It was like hiking in a dream or maybe a nightmare. Alta Peak in Sequoia comes to mind. 29 summits. It starts at Whitney Portal, 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine, California. High Sierra Trail: Begins at Crescent Meadow. Whitney. Did a quick trip up to Sequoia this weekend. 36 summits. Wrong. What's a good mountain to do next that is similar in difficulty? We set our alarm clocks for 2:30AM, I popped 2 Advil PMs, and we got into bed at 8PM. 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. I was really cold. Whitney will take about 6 months of planning. Looking at Mt. Dantes View. We took solace from the wind on the sunny side of a boulder right on the side of the trail. Immediately, the wind was pushing against our bodies so hard that I would occasionally put my hand on a nearby rock to brace myself. 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. Results will be posted on March 24th. Get up to an elevation of at least 10,000 FT as many times as you can before your hike. Mount Whitney Mountain Photos. I knew I needed a bed and a good night’s sleep the night before our hike. Steady climb to lakes and passes beyond. It would be a little late in the season to summit a 14er (peaks above 14,000 FT), let alone my first 14er. We sat there, eating more snacks, all very cold and tired. 7:16. 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. Whitney day and overnight permits, which are being cancelled one week in advance of the hiking start day. ...What do I do now? Here’s a quick list of items that I wish I had brought on my Whitney summit. Shoot for 20,000 steps a day during the week and more during the weekend. After months of rejection emails for a JMT permit (I never did get that permit), I was not optimistic about 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. The kind of cold that makes your nose run uncontrollably. Steady climb to Alta Peak. VIew from the top of Mt Whitney (via the mountaineering route). How to Hike Mt. Encontre fotos de stock e imagens editoriais de notícias perfeitas de Monte Whitney da Getty Images. You could spend a lot of time just camping here and taking in the sites without even going on the Mt. Elbert — the tallest of the Rocky Mountains located in Colorado. The views from Mt Whitney were nice, though I think I may have preferred the view from Mt Langley." Whitney and other Sierra Peak in September 2011. See below for a proper training program. - Winter Alta Peak. Forests, meadows, alpine vistas. Mt. My friend Sophie has been over 16,000 FT while hiking in Macchu Piccu, but that was years ago. Mt Whitney is a whole other beast. 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. Thanks for the report. I quickly calmed down and the initial shock wore off. This year was my second time trying to get a permit for Whitney and the JMT. hide. Whitney was really fun. At an elevation of 14505 feet (4421 m), Mt. Whitney will take about 6 months of planning. Long, easy-going traverse to Bearpaw Meadow. Canyons, vistas. I hiked Mt Whitney! Mount Tyndall. 34 summits. Starting on June 1, the Inyo National Forest will be providing wilderness permits through a virtual process. Summit clear of snow. Split Mountain. Escolha entre premium de Monte Whitney da melhor qualidade. Hiking Mt. Whitney Trail. Mt. We were making great time. 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. Bennett Peak… 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. 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. Wattifoto has uploaded 3788 photos to Flickr. Your route sounds much more interesting though! Fo real. 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. 34 summits. I've done Alta peak a couple of times. 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. 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. I think we were around 13,000 FT, and that is a game changer. It was like we were preparing to summit Everest. The night before our hike, we all went out to dinner and discussed a turnaround time. The summit of Alta Peak, a strenuous 7-mile hike from the Wolverton picnic area, is the closest place from which to see Mt. But my whole group had the same mentality, let’s just show up and see how it goes. The exception to this is Mt. Cardio! The wind was so strong, and with it came so much cold. We tried to avoid taking long breaks because it was so cold that we’d start to shiver. 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. 37 summits. Lone Pine was almost 90 degrees that day and the thought of being warm again was unimaginable. It's a fun "mini Whitney" hike from Wolverton. Our turnaround time was 11AM-12PM so we should have plenty of time to go 1.9 miles. 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. Thanks for the report. 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). 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. Yes, you have to carry it out. A Complete Guide to the Mt Whitney Trail. Ever since I moved to California, I’ve made a goal to explore as much of the state’s wilderness as possible. This massive peak offers a variety of summit climbs, including the East Face and East Buttress. Lakes Trail (Pear Lake) … Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.4. Mt Whitney - in the California Sierra Nevada is the highest peak in the contiguous United States. We took a break, ate some snacks, filtered some water, and then started up the 99 switchbacks. At a minimum, get as many steps as you can. Should we try to summit? It will be COLD, but you are more likely to get the permit. I slowly approached the boulder and I hit my knee as hard as I possibly could on the boulder. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Alta Peak Trail. 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. After a long long 1.9 miles, we all made it to the top. It is an extremely popular trail, and its access is restricted by quotas from May to October. Explore Wattifoto's photos on Flickr. The High Sierra ended up getting their first snow later that week. We had to take tons of breaks and were hiking very slowly. — sareine • Aug 4, 2020 ... Alta Peak. From the Ridgeline Trailhead parking lot, I crossed the street to Double Peak School. Yea, that summit block was cool. At 14,505, Mt. First allowed campsite - Panther Gap (3 miles), no water. 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. Permits are needed if you are hiking between May 1st and November 1st. And boy was it cold up there. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental United States. Here goes nothing! Whitney had been our dream since we got to know about this popular hike. The air quality was near perfect. Whitney Summit from Trail Camp. Had a crystal clear view of Whitney off to the east. Unfortunately, I think my nerves kept me up and I was tossing and turning throughout the night. And you can barely see Whitney's summit from Alta… Our pace plummeted on the switchbacks from 30 to 45 to 60-minute miles. 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. 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. If you want to know about our training… there was very little. Your route sounds much more interesting though! Before I knew it, my alarm was going off. 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. 30 summits. Doctor Sophie had to calm me down. 8 comments. http//:www.hikinglasvegas.com Day hike to Mt. Great picture of Whitney! It's a fun "mini Whitney" hike from Wolverton. Return to Wolverton parking area via the Pear Lake trail. You can also try for a walk-in permit, but all the walk-in permits come from no-shows. Hiked down the Alta trail back to Wolverton. My first 14er. 84% Upvoted. So far, it hasn’t disappointed. Whitney. 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). save. Whitney Summit: Climbing the highest peak in the contiguous United States. Oh, and Matt will tell you that he felt drunk from the altitude. Whitney Portal Road remains closed at the lower gate. report. Whitney - Sequoia National Park - California 14er Dayhike - Duration: ... Sequoia Big Trees & Alta Peak Hike with REI - Duration: 7:16. sierramountaincenter 3,724 views. Whitney Summit: Climbing the highest peak in the contiguous United States. Mount Williamson. Get in touch. Thanks! If you win the lottery, you can make your reservation and pay between April 1st and April 30th. The start of the hike, the Mt Whitney Portal has everything from campsites and waterfalls to a restaurant and fishing lake. I’m still in disbelief that we summited the highest peak in the lower 48 states. I started to lay my head back on a rock when I suddenly thought I was going to throw up. I took 2 Advil three times a day. Mt. I then turned left on a dirt road which led to the base of Mt Whitney and Franks Peak. 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 Owens Peak. Hiking Mt. The Friday before our hike, I called the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center and asked about the deadline to pick up the permit. Since I was now confirmed, I could pick up my permit anytime Saturday while the Visitor Center was open. I could do 4 more miles in no time, right? It's funny you mentioned the summit rock at Alta. If you don’t confirm, you must pick up the permit before noon the day before your hike. Whitney Portal. 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. This is the same route that John Muir took on his solo summit of the peak on October 21, 1873. 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. Sort by. Mount Whitney is the highest point in the lower 48, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. It would be a marathon of a weekend. Whitney - The Highest Peak in the Contiguous USA. I did end up hiking San Gorgonio and I felt pretty good about it. That should give us plenty of time, right? Not sure if this actually helped or not, but I wasn’t going to take any chances. Hiking Mt. Climbing photos at Mount Whitney uploaded by users of mountain-forecast.com 5/28 - Patchy snow fields on final approach to summit. There are few sections of rock free trail. You can either get a motel in Lone Pine or get a campsite in advance at the Portal. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency satellite transmission Sunday afternoon requesting a rescue near Mt. The last 1.9 miles were hard. No one knew where it was! Mt Whitney is 22 miles– only 4 more miles than San Gorgonio! It’s only 9:15AM and we only have 1.9 miles to go. Workout 3-5 times a week either running or walking. 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). 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. Maybe plan a weekend backpacking trip? Made this hike a two for one special by including Franks Peak. WE MADE IT TO THE TOP OF WHITNEY! We verbalized that we wouldn’t leave anyone alone on the mountain and decided that our turnaround time should be between 11AM and 12PM. That hike gave me a good day's workout! And we wanted to summit as quickly as possible, so we could start hiking back to Lone Pine, and get warm again. Includes beautiful images of all the key features of the Eastern Approach to Mt Whitney. There is no water available at the trailhead. How did that happen? Soon veering off to the right onto the North Fork Trail and The Mountaineer’s Route. 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. About seventy miles to Mt. 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. I've done Alta peak a couple of times. We got to the Visitor Center around 3PM and were given our permits and poop bags also known as “wag” bags. The hike is about 22 mi (35 km) round trip, with an elevation gain of over 6,100 feet (1,860 m). The Whitney trail starts at Whitney Portal, which is only a 20-minute drive from Lone Pine. The kind of cold that penetrates your expensive mountain hardware puffy and REI gloves and gets into your bones. 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. 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. Bonus if you can sleep at high elevation for a night or two. The Mount Whitney Trail is a trail that climbs Mount Whitney. 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. The application lets you list up to 15 possible hiking dates. 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. This massive peak offers a variety of summit climbs, including the East Face and East Buttress. 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. Now she’s in med school so there is very little time for exercising, if any. I then made a sharp left at the gate and followed the paved road to the end of the school property. 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