Mt Whitney 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 the Mt Whitney trail from my personal experiences 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. At an elevation of 14,505 feet, Mt Whitney stands 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 summit of Mt Whitney 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 along your way – 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.
- Four day detailed account of my hike from Horseshoe Meadows to the Whitney summit, and down the Whitney Portal trail: