Mt. Whitney Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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. Additional skills and equipment are necessary for safe travel when snow and ice are present. The trail is usually relatively snow-free from late June to mid-October.

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Mt. Whitney Trail Recreation Guide (pdf)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Check the weather, storms may include lightning,wind, rain, hail, or sleet. Weather forecast: 12.000ft elevation.
Reservations: Wilderness permits are required year-round for:
  • ALL overnight visitors
  • Day-visitors in the Mt. Whitney Zone.
  • Permits are issued at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center.
  • Reservations are made on the website:  A lottery is held for trips beginning May 1 through Nov 1. After the lottery any remaining space can be reserved, first come first served for the remainder of the season.
Information Center:

General Information


From Highway 395 in 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.

Limited parking is available at the trailhead. Please carpool.

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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