Highway 178 to Mt Whitney

Lone Pine, California

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Near the end of this section PCT hikers reach the celebrated High Sierra, with its 14,491-foot Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Your journey there passes entirely within federally designated wildernesses on the Southern Sierra’s Kern Plateau, a land of meadows and mountains. Hikers in this nearly pristine country can enjoy the sinuous South Fork Kern River, included in the prestigious National Wild and Scenic Rivers System; sprawling Monache Meadows, the largest meadow in the Sierra; groves of high-elevation, twisted, foxtail-pine trees; and vast lands of solitude where the only sounds are the serenades of nature.

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"Near the end of this section PCT hikers reach the celebrated High Sierra, with its 14,491-foot Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Your journey there passes entirely within federally designated wildernesses on the Southern Sierra’s Kern Plateau, a land of meadows and mountains. Hikers in this nearly pristine country can enjoy the sinuous South Fork Kern River, included in the prestigious National Wild and Scenic Rivers System; sprawling Monache Meadows, the largest meadow in the Sierra; groves of high-elevation, twisted, foxtail-pine trees; and vast lands of solitude where the only sounds are the serenades of nature."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lone Pine
Distance: 113.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Season: Varies
Local Contacts: Pacific Crest Trail
Local Maps: Walker Pass, Owens Peak, Lamont Peak, Sacatar Canyon, Rockhouse Basin, Crag Peak, Long Canyon, Monache Mountain, Haiwee Pass, Templeton Mountain, Olancha, Cirque Peak, Johnson Peak, Mount Whitney

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Jun 2018