Mount Whitney Dec. 2-4 2011

Mount Whitney Dec. 2-4 2011

Postby tapfountain » Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:17 pm

Park car at the Lone Pine Campground in Lone Pine, CA at 6,000 foot elevation:

Hike for 4 miles up the Whitney Recreation Trail to the Trailhead: 8,360 feet elevation

0.0 miles: Trailhead (8,360 feet)
0.85 miles: Enter John Muir Wilderness (permit required beyond)
2.7 miles: Cross Lone Pine Creek. Shortly after crossing, trail forks to Lone Pine Lake on left, right continues towards summit. (9,980 feet)
3.8 miles: Outpost Camp with Thor Peak dominating the view. (10,360 feet)
4.3 miles: Mirror Lake (10,640 feet)
o Friday night camp - tentative
4.9 miles: 50 yards past Whitebark Stump, a dwarf whitebark pine is the last tree on trail
5.3 miles: Trailside Meadow (11,395 feet)
6.3 miles: Trail Camp, a good place to rest before the grueling 96 switchbacks to Trail Crest. (12,039 feet)
o Saturday night camp (setup on Saturday morning and head up to summit)
8.5 miles: Cross Trail Crest and enter Sequoia National Park. (13,777 feet)
9.0 miles: John Muir Trail joins from the west. Altitude sickness common. (13,480 feet )
9.3 miles: Cutoff to Mount Muir.
10.5 miles: Keeler Needle, just a short climb to the summit from here. (14,003 feet)
11.0 miles: Mt. Whitney summit. No water. Camping permitted. (14,495 feet)

I am planning to do this trip solo but if someone is looking to do it I wouldnt mind a partner for saftey purposes.

I am 27 year old produce buyer that likes to spend time in the Mountains.
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