Horseshoe Meadow to Whitney Portal Backpacking

Lone Pine, California

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If you happen to be one of the many unlucky backpackers who don’t score a permit to bag the coveted Mt. Whitney via the traditional route, you haven’t lost your chance to climb up this highest of peaks in the continental United States. This route provides a longer alternative with the bonus of some of the southern Sierra’s most striking scenery. Highalpine basins, rushing creeks, crystalline lakes, and serene forests are present in abundance—not to mention the chance to legally stand atop Mt. Whitney.

Horseshoe Meadow to Whitney Portal (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"If you happen to be one of the many unlucky backpackers who don’t score a permit to bag the coveted Mt. Whitney via the traditional route, you haven’t lost your chance to climb up this highest of peaks in the continental United States. This route provides a longer alternative with the bonus of some of the southern Sierra’s most striking scenery. Highalpine basins, rushing creeks, crystalline lakes, and serene forests are present in abundance—not to mention the chance to legally stand atop Mt. Whitney."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Lone Pine
Distance: 36
Elevation Gain: 7,405 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 5-7 days
Season: Late summer through early fall
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Cirque Peak, Johnson Peak, Mt. Whitney, and Mt. Langley
Driving Directions: Directions to Horseshoe Meadow to Whitney Portal (Backpacking)

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May 2018