Best Western and a Comfort Inn. We stayed at the Best Western our first night before heading to our campsite at the Whitney Portal. Our stay at the Best Western was great and the room was very spacious for a reasonable price. There are other motels in Lone Pine, but these are the two major chain hotels in the town.
Whitney Portal Campground. The facilities were well maintained and the scenery is quite majestic considering you have a mountain stream running through the Whitney Portal campground. I would recommend staying here the day before you hike and after your hike, especially considering the price for the campground is very reasonable.
Sequoia National Park, which is located on the back side of Mt. Whitney. Once past trail crest the trail becomes even more rugged and rocky than before. It is clearly marked, but it is strenuous going to the summit of Mt. Whitney. This section of the trail is a little deceptive as you can see the summit of Mt. Whitney from the trail, but just keep in mind the summit appears closer than it is.
link to the Inyo National Forest website learn more about the Mt. Whitney lottery system and how to apply. Make sure to have your permit mailed in on February 1st, the year you want to hike Mt. Whitney.
Here, has links to weather information and a bulletin board that is full of information about conditions on the mountain. During the summer time make sure to watch out for summer thunderstorms while on your hike to the summit of Mt. Whitney as they can develop very rapidly in this mountainous environment. The Whitney Portal Store even has a picture of a tornado touching down near the summit of Mt. Whitney.
Time to Complete the Hike to Mt. Whitney in One Day: If you have trained: Expect to take around 10 hours getting to the summit of Mt. Whitney and 8 hours getting down off the mountain. If you go during the summer time or are in great shape expect to be about 2 - 4 hours quicker that the 18 hour time estimate.
- Three weekends before your Mt. Whitney hike: Hike Saddleback Mountain in one day.
- Two weekends before your Mt. Whitney Hike: Hike Mt. San Gorgonio via the Vivian Creek Trail in one day.
- One weekend before your Mt. Whitney Hike: Hike Mt. San Gorgonio via the South Fork Trail in one day.
- Day before hike: Camp at the Whitney Portal Campground and a small training hike to explore the trail and area around the Whitney Portal.
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