Mt. Whitney Trail


Mt. Whitney as seen from Alabama Hills

Mt. Whitney Trail climbs over 6,000 feet in 11 miles. When free of snow, it provides a strenuous, non-technical route to the summit of Mt. Whitney. However, when snow and ice are present, additional skills and equipment may be necessary for safe travel. The trail is usually relatively snow-free from late June to mid-October.

Mt. Whitney Trail Recreation Guide (pdf)

Safety is your responsibility! Every year, horrible accidents occur along the Mt. Whitney Trail. Almost all of them are completely avoidable. Report emergencies to Inyo County Sheriff at (760)878-0383. Searches and Rescues are managed by Inyo County Sheriff and   Inyo County SAR, a non-profit all volunteer organization.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Summer conditions prevail, thunderstorms may include lightning, hail, or sleet. Weather Road construction, expect delays of 30 minutes, with possible delays of up to 3 hours. Road Work
  • Permits for the quota season may be reserved at .
  • Each year, reservations are initially allocated in a lottery. Apply for the lottery between February 1 and March 15.
  • After the lottery, remaining permits may be reserved on a first-come first-served basis.
Fees Reservations cost $8 + $15/person.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required year-round for:
  • All overnight visitors
  • Day visitors in the Mt. Whitney Zone.
Obtain permits at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center. Between May 1 and November 1, the number of visitors is limited by daily entry quotas:
  • Overnight use: 60 people / day
  • Mt. Whitney Zone Day Use: 100 people / day
  • Trail Crest Exit**: 25 people / day
**Trail Crest Exit quota applies to visitors who exit the wilderness on the Mt. Whitney Trail after beginning their trip elsewhere..
Information Center:

General Information


From Lone Pine, CA, travel west on Whitney Portal Road. The Mt. Whitney trailhead is located approximately 13 miles from Lone Pine on the north side of the road.

Special Notice: Due to road construction, expect delays of 30. Beginning on July 11, expect delays of up to 3 hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  • Limited parking is available at the trailhead.
  • There is a high level of bear activity at the trailhead. Remove all food and trash from vehicles and place in bear-proof lockers and trash receptacles.



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