We verbalized that we wouldn’t leave anyone alone on the mountain and decided that our turnaround time should be between 11AM and 12PM. 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. Canyons, vistas. My heart rate was high, but it was comfortable, and my breathing was feeling perfectly fine. Wattifoto has uploaded 3788 photos to Flickr. Sort by. This massive peak offers a variety of summit climbs, including the East Face and East Buttress. Cardio! I was in so much pain from the direct impact. Yes, you have to carry it out. 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. Hiking Mt. The night before our hike, we all went out to dinner and discussed a turnaround time. Here’s a quick list of items that I wish I had brought on my Whitney summit. The kind of cold that makes your nose run uncontrollably. Lone Pine was almost 90 degrees that day and the thought of being warm again was unimaginable. Summit clear of snow. Had a crystal clear view of Whitney off to the east. You can also try for a walk-in permit, but all the walk-in permits come from no-shows. How to Hike Mt. At a minimum, get as many steps as you can. 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. We took solace from the wind on the sunny side of a boulder right on the side of the trail. The Friday before our hike, I called the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center and asked about the deadline to pick up the permit. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency satellite transmission Sunday afternoon requesting a rescue near Mt. Get in touch. 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. 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). 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. On summit day, you’ll rack up at least 50,000 steps. It’s only 9:15AM and we only have 1.9 miles to go. 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. You can either get a motel in Lone Pine or get a campsite in advance at the Portal. Immediately, the wind was pushing against our bodies so hard that I would occasionally put my hand on a nearby rock to brace myself. It's funny you mentioned the summit rock at Alta. 30 summits. ...What do I do now? Your route sounds much more interesting though! Whitney sits only 84 miles away from the lowest point in North America — Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park.It is situated on the Sierra Crest, running north-south and is surrounded b… There are few sections of rock free trail. It was like hiking in a dream or maybe a nightmare. - Winter Alta Peak. Encontre fotos de stock e imagens editoriais de notícias perfeitas de Monte Whitney da Getty Images. The High Sierra ended up getting their first snow later that week. The Mt Whitney Trail is still closed. 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. My friend Sophie has been over 16,000 FT while hiking in Macchu Piccu, but that was years ago. We set our alarm clocks for 2:30AM, I popped 2 Advil PMs, and we got into bed at 8PM. Steady climb to Alta Peak. WE MADE IT TO THE TOP OF WHITNEY! Mount Whitney is the highest point in the lower 48, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. — sareine • Aug 4, 2020 ... Alta Peak. Whitney was really fun. You could spend a lot of time just camping here and taking in the sites without even going on the Mt. Mt. Bonus if you can sleep at high elevation for a night or two. We were making great time. A Complete Guide to the Mt Whitney Trail. We got to the Visitor Center around 3PM and were given our permits and poop bags also known as “wag” bags. 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. Starting on June 1, the Inyo National Forest will be providing wilderness permits through a virtual process. I started to lay my head back on a rock when I suddenly thought I was going to throw up. I didn’t throw up, but I did start hyperventilating. I did end up hiking San Gorgonio and I felt pretty good about it. Dantes View. http//:www.hikinglasvegas.com Day hike to Mt. The views from Mt Whitney were nice, though I think I may have preferred the view from Mt Langley." Made this hike a two for one special by including Franks Peak. ALL OF US! We took a break, ate some snacks, filtered some water, and then started up the 99 switchbacks. We tried to avoid taking long breaks because it was so cold that we’d start to shiver. We had to take tons of breaks and were hiking very slowly. I was really cold. I hiked Mt Whitney! 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. 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. Whitney and other Sierra Peak in September 2011. I quickly calmed down and the initial shock wore off. 29 summits. report. I completed the 18-mile hike in about 8 1/2 hours with lots of breaks. Great picture of Whitney! 36 summits. The last 1.9 miles were hard. Mt. 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. 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. 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. I knew I needed a bed and a good night’s sleep the night before our hike. And boy was it cold up there. It will be COLD, but you are more likely to get the permit. 37 summits. My first 14er. Hiking Mt. Looking at Mt. I was surprised that I got a permit for 5 people for the last Sunday of September. 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. We all agreed and crossed over the pass to the west side of the mountain. Elbert — the tallest of the Rocky Mountains located in Colorado. Hiking Mt. 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. Lakes Trail (Pear Lake) … Split Mountain. Since I was now confirmed, I could pick up my permit anytime Saturday while the Visitor Center was open. Thanks for the report. I started counting the switchbacks to pass the time (it was very depressing), but I lost track somewhere around 80 and I blame it on the altitude affecting my ability to count. The Whitney trail starts at Whitney Portal, which is only a 20-minute drive from Lone Pine. 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. There is no water available at the trailhead. At 14,505, Mt. Our pace plummeted on the switchbacks from 30 to 45 to 60-minute miles. Whitney Summit: Climbing the highest peak in the contiguous United States. 34 summits. But my whole group had the same mentality, let’s just show up and see how it goes. Escolha entre premium de Monte Whitney da melhor qualidade. Results will be posted on March 24th. Now she’s in med school so there is very little time for exercising, if any. Alta Peak in Sequoia comes to mind. If you win the lottery, you can make your reservation and pay between April 1st and April 30th. Whitney will take about 6 months of planning. 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. 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. 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. Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.4. 34 summits. 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. 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. The start of the hike, the Mt Whitney Portal has everything from campsites and waterfalls to a restaurant and fishing lake. The air quality was near perfect. Mt. Doctor Sophie had to calm me down. save. The kind of cold that penetrates your expensive mountain hardware puffy and REI gloves and gets into your bones. 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 Climbing photos at Mount Whitney uploaded by users of mountain-forecast.com share. Includes beautiful images of all the key features of the Eastern Approach to Mt Whitney. VIew from the top of Mt Whitney (via the mountaineering route). The summit of Alta Peak, a strenuous 7-mile hike from the Wolverton picnic area, is the closest place from which to see Mt. Bennett Peak… 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). I think the Advil was really helping. I then turned left on a dirt road which led to the base of Mt Whitney and Franks Peak. Mount Whitney Mountain Photos. Forests, meadows, alpine vistas. I read Into Thin Air earlier this year, and it scared me into always sticking to a turnaround time. From the Ridgeline Trailhead parking lot, I crossed the street to Double Peak School. 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). Thousands enjoy hiking Mount Whitney each year for premiere Serra Nevada views, whether on the lower trails on the mountain’s flanks or on one of the major approaches to the summit. High Sierra Trail: Begins at Crescent Meadow. Mount Tyndall. Ever since I moved to California, I’ve made a goal to explore as much of the state’s wilderness as possible. Whitney Trail. I’m still in disbelief that we summited the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Mount Williamson. 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. Not sure if this actually helped or not, but I wasn’t going to take any chances. Hyperventilating at 14,000 FT is not fun. Should we try to summit? Knowing that we wouldn’t have much time to acclimate, I prescribed myself an Advil regimen. I could do 4 more miles in no time, right? It starts at Whitney Portal, 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine, California. Two hours later at 9AM, we arrived at Trail Crest, a mountain pass that connects to the John Muir Trail that will take you all the way to Yosemite. Whitney Portal. This massive peak offers a variety of summit climbs, including the East Face and East Buttress. Whitney. We left the Whitney Motel promptly at 3:00AM and picked up our two friends at their campsite at 3:15AM. Here goes nothing! Maybe plan a weekend backpacking trip? I think we were around 13,000 FT, and that is a game changer. Get up to an elevation of at least 10,000 FT as many times as you can before your hike. Thanks! That hike gave me a good day's workout! Your route sounds much more interesting though! 5/28 - Patchy snow fields on final approach to summit. Hiked down the Alta trail back to Wolverton. The hike is about 22 mi (35 km) round trip, with an elevation gain of over 6,100 feet (1,860 m). It would be a marathon of a weekend. But there were other hikers starting their summit, so we followed them and quickly found the Portal. Mt Whitney - in the California Sierra Nevada is the highest peak in the contiguous United States. The slowdown wasn’t from the elevation gain, but from the high altitude. The exception to this is Mt. This is the same route that John Muir took on his solo summit of the peak on October 21, 1873. I've done Alta peak a couple of times. Patches of snow along the ridge line to summit, advise staying way from edge to avoid possible overhanging cornice. Explore Wattifoto's photos on Flickr. Mt Whitney is a whole other beast. We found a ton of parking at the Portal, used the facilities, and then started looking for the trailhead at 3:30AM. Fo real. Whitney Summit from Trail Camp. About seventy miles to Mt. Unfortunately, I think my nerves kept me up and I was tossing and turning throughout the night. Before I knew it, my alarm was going off. The trail becomes more exposed with steep drops and the hike becomes more of a scramble over rocks than a hike on a path. Wrong. It would be a little late in the season to summit a 14er (peaks above 14,000 FT), let alone my first 14er. Return to Wolverton parking area via the Pear Lake trail. The wind was so strong, and with it came so much cold. Long, easy-going traverse to Bearpaw Meadow. Whitney Summit: Climbing the highest peak in the contiguous United States. 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. What's a good mountain to do next that is similar in difficulty? We sat there, eating more snacks, all very cold and tired. Alta Peak Trail. 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). More mountains: www.scaruffi.com/monument/californ.html hide. Whitney had been our dream since we got to know about this popular hike. 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. Even though the High Sierra is probably nothing compared to Everest, it still gets weather and people still die or get evacuated every year. I took 2 Advil three times a day. 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 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. The Mount Whitney Trail is a trail that climbs Mount Whitney. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental United States. 84% Upvoted. Workout 3-5 times a week either running or walking. Our turnaround time was 11AM-12PM so we should have plenty of time to go 1.9 miles. I did the loop, but in the opposite direction some years ago--long day hike! Steady climb to lakes and passes beyond. It is an extremely popular trail, and its access is restricted by quotas from May to October. Owens Peak. I then made a sharp left at the gate and followed the paved road to the end of the school property. I've done Alta peak a couple of times. That should give us plenty of time, right? Whitney. First allowed campsite - Panther Gap (3 miles), no water. After months of rejection emails for a JMT permit (I never did get that permit), I was not optimistic about Whitney. No one knew where it was! Mt. If you don’t confirm, you must pick up the permit before noon the day before your hike. And you can barely see Whitney's summit from Alta… Permits . This thread is archived. Snow level approximately 10,000ft. Shoot for 20,000 steps a day during the week and more during the weekend. 7:16. 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). If you want to know about our training… there was very little. Whitney day and overnight permits, which are being cancelled one week in advance of the hiking start day. How did that happen? Whitney - The Highest Peak in the Contiguous USA. Access to this area during the peak season is controlled by strict limits on single day visitors, and even fewer overnight backpackers. Soon veering off to the right onto the North Fork Trail and The Mountaineer’s Route. It was like we were preparing to summit Everest. It's a fun "mini Whitney" hike from Wolverton. It's a fun "mini Whitney" hike from Wolverton. Did a quick trip up to Sequoia this weekend. 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