Mount Whitney

OutAndBack • 22 mi • 6000 ft

This expedition takes you to the top of the highest peak in the contiguous United States, and to unparalleled views.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lone Pine
Length: 22 total miles
Elevation Gain: 6,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Best mid-July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 8,500 feet
Top Elevation: 14,494 feet
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, Junction of US 395 and SR 136, 2.0 miles south of Lone Pine, CA 93545; (760) 876-6222; road and weather conditions, and general information; Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, 47050 Generals Hwy., Three Rivers, CA 93271; road and weather condi- tions, and general information; (559) 565- 3341 (24 hours);
Local Maps: USGS Mount Whitney, Mount Langley; USFS John Muir Wilderness and Sequoia - Kings Canyon Wilderness
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Lives up to expectations. We stayed at Horseshoe campgrounds at 10K ft to acclimate, then the following day drove to Whitney Portal, hiked to base camp and set up tent. next morning, we ascended up to the summit and came all the way down to the portal. Perfect itinerary.


This hike is a mental battle to overcome fatigue but it's a great physical challenge to do in one day.

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