Mt Whitney Summit Trail: Hiking and Backpacking Information
Looking to hike or backpack the Mt Whitney trail? You’ve come to the right place! Below, are a few posts with tips, details, and helpful information about hiking to the Mt Whitney summit that I hope will help make yours a success. Happy hiking!
The Mt Whitney trail has become increasingly popular over the last few years – and for good reason! Mt Whitney is the tallest mountain peak in the lower 48 states with her summit at an elevation of 14,505 feet. Mt Whitney stands gloriously in the Sierra Nevada mountain range just West of the small town of Lone Pine, California.
Because of the increase in popularity, the park service has had to add a lottery for hiking and backpacking Mt Whitney via the Whitney Portal trail, which goes from the Whitney Portal to the Mt Whitney summit and back down. However, that’s not the only way to reach the summit of Mt Whitney!
Below you’ll find information to help guide you to the Mt Whitney summit. From planning, to getting there, alternative route information, and what to expect on the actual trail. Whether you decide to do it as a day hike or spend a few days backpacking, you’ll be well prepared to make a successful summit to the top of Mt Whitney!
- Tips and information, from planning, to cooking, to hiking at altitude.
- Alternative Backpacking Route for the Mt Whitney Summit: A four-day detailed account of my hike from Horseshoe Meadows to the Mt Whitney summit, and down the Whitney Portal trail: