Hiking The Mount Whitney Trail

The 3rd most popular hiking trail in California.

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For serious hikers, the climb up Mount Whitney is worth the effort. Be prepared for a 22 mile round trip with a 6,000 feet ascent. There are a few stream crossings and nearly a hundred switchbacks on the way up. Plan to spend up to 18 hours on the trail, so start early (3:00a.m.) and use trekking poles. The trailhead is at NFS Whitney Portal Campground.

Overall, Mount Whitney Trail is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Mount Whitney Trail including High Sierra Trail, Lakes Trail / Pear Lake Trail and New Army Pass Trail.


Local Contact(s):  Sequoia National Park (559) 565-3134; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "100 Classic Hikes In Northern California" from John Soares

Recommended Map:  "Sequoia-Kings Canyon Trail Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Jul. - Aug.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  NFS Whitney Portal Campground; Cedar Grove Lodge, Grant Grove (559) 335-5500

Luxury Loding:  John Muir Lodge, Grant Grove; Wuksachi Lodge, Lodgepole (559) 253-2199

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/seki

Article Source:   Hiking The Mount Whitney Trail https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HIKE&id=9126

GPS:  36.54, -118.82

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  6/23/2016

ID:  9126

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