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 and the price was reasonable. 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 was majestic, considering you have a mountain stream running through the Whitney Portal campground. I would recommend staying here the day before you hike to the summit of Mt. Whitney as well as after your hike to Mt. Whitney. The price for staying at the campground is very reasonable.
Sequoia National Park, which is located on the backside of Mt. Whitney. Once you hike past trail crest, the Mt. Whitney hiking trail becomes extremely rugged and rocky, even more so than before. The Mt. Whitney hiking trail is clearly marked, but it is strenuous making your final push to the summit of Mt. Whitney. This section of the hiking trail is a little deceptive because you can see the summit of Mt. Whitney almost the whole time. Just remember to keep in mind the summit of Mt. Whitney appears closer than it really is.
link to the Inyo National Forest website learn more about the Mt. Whitney lottery system and how to apply for your permit to hike to the top of Mt. Whitney. The permit system is now electronic and is all done through the website, as opposed to the mail in method we used for this hike.
Here, has links to weather information for Mt. Whitney and a bulletin board that is full of information about the hiking trail conditions on Mt. Whitney. During the summer time, make sure to watch out for summer thunderstorms while on your hike to the summit of Mt. Whitney. Thunderstorms, or other dangerous weather conditions, 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. If the weather looks really dangerous or bad, it is always best to go down, the mountain will always be there for a climb at a different time. Bottom-line is from the summit of Mt. Whitney you get 360 degree panoramic views that are absolutely amazing!
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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