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
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.