Inyo National Forest website and closure order. If you are climbing the Mountaineer's Route, though, micro-spikes won't help. Mt. first recorded fatality on Mt Whitney was due to lightning. It is the highest peak in the Sierra, & indeed in all of California. 7/4 - Still significant snow on steep, high-consequence. Whitney is a 10.7 mile (17.1 km) trail from Whitney Portal, 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine on the east side of the Sierra. Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. It’s pretty rocky and barren, and doesn’t offer much shelter from the elements. 6/10 - Taboose Pass Trail on the Inyo National Forest is closed. You can also camp at Consultation Lake (near Trail Camp), Outpost Camp (3.8 miles on the trail, 10400 feet), or Lone Pine Lake* (2.8 miles, 9900 feet). Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. At 14, 508 feet, it is the highest point in the continental United State of America and the only mountain outside of Alaska that soars above 14, 500. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 14. Wilderness permits must be reserved in advance between Memorial Day weekend and mid-September. Hiking poles recommended. Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 7. Ninety five percent of total precipitation (which includes both rain and snow) falls between the months of October and May, with more than half falling in January, February, and March. Mt. 7/12 - There is one remaining snow patch along Evolution Lake; it is not stock-passable. Bridge is out at Upper Paradise and the crossing is wide with about 2 ft. deep and swift. Most can be avoided by going around on rock. That being said, if you detect a thunderstorm developing, vacate the summit and high ridges at once. Heather Lake is 50% ice-covered. 6/29 - About 25 yards of snow on the east side. Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. There were only small patches that were easy to avoid. North Side - about 120 yards of snow field. Christmas Day  A slight chance of snow showers after 10am. Winter storms start early in the High Sierra and can surprise unaware wilderness travelers. For more information please call the Wilderness Office at (559) 565-3766. 10/3 - Palisade Creek Crossing at Middle Fork/PCT junction- 2 feet deep and swift for about 5 feet. Partly sunny, with a high near 18. Not recommended for stock. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Thursday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. 7/23 - Creek on the north end of East Lake is knee deep and swift; trekking poles recommended. North northwest wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Most backpackers/climbers on Mt Whitney use this as a base camp for Summit day. Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. There is no way around it for stock, maybe they could go over it. Conditions: N/A: Tomorrow. It is an extremely popular trail, and its access is restricted by quotas from May to October. Whitney Trail is a non-technical, but strenuous, route to the summit when it is free of snow. Tree is 1/2 mile down from the Kearsarge Lakes juction on the High Trail. 7/1 - Kennedy Pass: Patchy snow above 10,000 ft, mainly on north facing slopes, a tiny bit of snow on the N. side of Kennedy Pass. For more information please see the Inyo National Forest website and closure order. There is a stock-stopper boulder on the South Side; hikers won’t have a problem going around it. Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access: Latest Trail Conditions as of December 9th. With more precipitation forecast flows may vary at stream crossings use caution. The Mount Whitney Trail is a 22 mile out-and-back route that delivers hikers to the top of Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park. Check this page for current information about what's currently open in the parks. May require shallow wading to get across some. Thursday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18. Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Saturday  A chance of snow showers. Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 15. 13110 ft) Last Update: 12:59 pm PST Dec 19, 2020. 11/13- Be cautious of potential hazard trees that may drop branches or fall. This decision will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change. defeinbe - Jun 3, 2019 1:44 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2017 But for those who want to hike Mount Whitney in one day, this is the recap for you! 30° 17° 4%. Trekking poles helpful. Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 42. 10/3 - Trail south of the pass is closed due to SQF Complex and Rattlesanke Fires. You can help us by sending an email to report trail conditions. Whitney Portal. The frequency of summer showers increase at higher elevations and correspondingly there are more cloudy days. 93271. There is one tree down about ½ mile down from the Kearsarge Lakes junction that could be a stock-stopper. Due to the number of dead trees in this area, camping is temporarily prohibited in the designated Lower Paradise Valley camp sites. Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Aster, Emerald, Pear Lakes have no ice. Last mile before Whitney summit: several large snowfields, some route-finding necessary. Christmas Day  A slight chance of snow showers after 10am. 11/30 – Expect winter condtions above 9,000 ft. 7/10- Creek crossing between Kern Hot Spring and Kaweah Gap easy fording and no snow. 7/10- Chagoopa Plateau: Several down trees, not good for equestrians. They may come in very handy. Mountain Loop Highway Conditions (alt. Check the Sequoia National Forest website for details. For the most up to date information on frontcountry trails, check in at the visitor center closest to your trailhead. Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. (Days 3-6): A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Fri night. Hiking poles recommended. Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26. 10/1 - Due to the Rattlesnake Fire, the following area is temporarily closed to all individuals: Beginning at the south boundary of the Sequoia National Park with the intersection of the Great Western Divide, north along the Great Western Divide to Kaweah Gap, southeast to Chagoopa Plateau along the base of the Kaweah Peaks to the Kern Canyon, north to Junction Meadow and the Colby Pass Trail (not included), east along the High Sierra Trail (not included) to the John Muir Trail/PCT (not included), south along the PCT (not included) to the park boundary, and west along the park boundary back to the point of origin. Straightforward crossings. Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. 5/28 - Observed from Little Baldy. Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Moraine Lake passable. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Whitney can be most directly reached by a 10.7 mile (17.1 km) trail from Whitney Portal, 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine on the east side of the Sierra. For the most recent updates and a map of the closures, check the Inciweb page for the Rattlesnake Fire. 10/3 - Due to the SQF Fire Complex, formed when the Castle Fire and Shotgun Fire merged south of Sequoia National Park, trail closures are in effect in Sequoia National Forest's Golden Trout Wilderness. 6/8 - New Army Pass had large patches of snow and one patch of ice on 6/8, majority of it was up at the pass descending into Cottonwood Lakes basin, used microspikes and poles for a short section up there to get down. This route skirts the crowds of the Mt. Road Conditions; Fire Weather; User Defined Area; Recreation Forecasts; Click Map For Forecast Disclaimer. The Whitney Portal Store, located 13 miles west of Lone Pine, lies next to the Mount Whitney trail head and has operated by permit from the Inyo National Forest since 1987. California Department of Water Resources snow survey website. The hike gains 6,100′ of elevation before peaking at 14,505′. After a temporary fire closure, Sequoia National Forest announced a partial reopening beginning October 2, 2020. 6/19 - Horseshoe meadows to the Siberian Outpost/PCT Junction is completely snow-free and stock-passable. Trail Report: How to hike Mount Whitney in one day. 11/23 - Micro spikes still necessary. But even the cables can be rendered useless in early season, so check trail conditions if you plan on hiking Mt Whitney in spring or in early summer during years of heavy snowfall. Snow is rotten, route-finding is necessary and trekking poles are necessary. 6/29 - JMT from Crabtree to Mt.Whitney summit: Crabtree to Guitar Lake: snow-free. Sunday  A chance of snow showers. Christmas Day  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. 7/12 - The West side is snow-free. Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access: The trail is usually snow-free from July to late September. Wind chill values as low as -9. Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 15. Three Rivers, CA Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 12. Trail follows the best route through this area. August 13, 2019 . Hone your mountaineering skills by repeatedly using an ice axe, … Mount Whitney Weather (Days 0-3): Mostly dry. Hikers can park at Hospital Rock and walk to the trailhead. First mile north of Col - three smaller snow fields covering trail at various locations. Partly sunny, with a high near 24. At 3 a.m. on June 10, my brother-in-law Dan and I started walking uphill from the Whitney Portal trailhead. West southwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Lots of mosquitoes in Granite Basin. Traction devices (micro spikes) strongly recommended. For snowpack data, visit the California Department of Water Resources snow survey website. Sierra, and Inyo national forests are under a temporary closure order as of Monday, September 7, 2020. Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 29. sending an email to report trail conditions. 11/16 - Road to the trailhead is not plowed in winter. Sunday  A slight chance of snow showers. Let’s get that out there right now. The Mt. There were only 3 downed trees on the trail and they were easy to cross. Learn more-view our air-quality index forecast. Snow at this point was ankle-deep. The PCT from the junction from Cottonwood Pass to Upper Rock Creek Lake was also clear of snow, good trail conditions. The The shortest and most popular route to climb Mt. Let’s get that out there right now. 1 night at Whitney Portal, 1 night at Outpost Camp, summitted and spent a last night at Outpost. Share Tweet. The East Side holds a 100ft long, steep, rotten patch of snow. 11/25 - About 40% of the trail is snow/ice covered. Small patches of snow above 11,000ft, bigger patches of snow above 11,800ft. For more information, check the web pages for Sequoia, Inyo, and Sierra national forests. This massive peak offers a variety of summit climbs, including the East Face and East Buttress. Strong and experienced hikers can complete the Mount Whitney Trail in one long day, but for most, a two-day approach provides much needed time for rest and acclimatization. This trail is about 21 miles round trip and 6,000 feet of elevation, so it is no joke! 7/12 - Snow-free. The Mt Whitney Trail is mostly clear except for a few patches of snow here and there due to very little snowfall since early November. SR-530) Road and trail condition reports are updated regularly with help from forest visitors, trail crews and engineering reports. Sunny and clear to partly cloudy with cold temperatures for the next 7 days on Mt Whitney. Tablelands. 7/6 - Marvin Pass to Comanche Meadow: Trail obscured by white thorn bushes in several spots. Friday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. May make stock passage difficult. 6/26 - North side small patches of snow no special equipment necessary. Whitney Trail. Whitney Shuttle Service (1 reviews), Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce (2 reviews), Dow Villa Motel (173 reviews), EZ Kampin Rentals (7 reviews), Mount Whitney Motel (34 reviews), Trails … 6/10 – Road is open (Hume Lake Ranger District). 7/23 - Kearsarge Lakes: The food storage locker at Kearsarge Lake was moved last season and will not be replaced/moved back until a trail crew is able to make it out there (later in the season). 7/8 - Trail is in good condition. Wind chill values as low as -6. Plenty of great sites already established so it makes for easy setup.2,496 feet of elevation left to gain before reaching the top! We walked the whole night (of course took lots of breaks) At night the weather gets really cold (Need down jacket, winter hat nice gloves) We Summited around 8:10 am. 7/12 - There are ten 10-20ft long snowfields on the North Side. If you're planning a trip in the park that crosses into the national forest, check SQF Complex fire conditions before you hike, and expect smoke impacts. The South Side has one small remaining snow patch. Weather on Mt Whitney varies greatly during the year and can certainly be unpredictable at times. Latest Trail Conditions as of December 9th The Mt Whitney Trail is mostly clear except for a few patches of snow here and there due to very little snowfall since early November. 7/12 - Glenn Pass Snow-free. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. 6/15 - The trail was 100% snow free all the way to Grouse lake and virtually snow free all the way to the top of At an elevation of 14505 feet (4421 m), Mt. South side: small rockfall that would make stock travel difficult. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. All creeks crossings in the Tyndal area are manageable. Wind chill values as low as -4. Winter storms start early in the High Sierra and can surprise unaware wilderness travelers. Mount Whitney is the highest point in the lower 48, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. Conditions are continuously changing and wilderness hikers need to plan for inclement weather. Partly sunny, with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -1. Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. Good boot pack through snow/ice, entire trail is easy to follow. 7/25 - Snow free from Crabtree to Whitney Summit and from Trail Crest to Whitney Summit. Goat Mountain. Otherwise trail is in good condition. Better Yourself. The most popular place to camp is Trail Camp (12000 feet), 6 miles up the trail. North northwest wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. As mentioned above, most backpackers/climbers set up camp here before going for the summit. Below the tarn there is a much bigger snowfield; it can be avoided by going around on loose sand and rock. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. At 14, 508 feet, it is the highest point in the continental United States of America and the only mountain outside of Alaska that soars above 14, 500. Expect many downed trees across the trail. Not recommended for stock. Winds increasing (calm on Sun morning, fresh winds from the W by Mon night). Mount Whitney isn’t for everyone. Point Forecast: 12 Miles W Lone Pine CA 36.6°N 118.28°W (Elev. Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental United States. The start of the hike, the Mt Whitney Portal has everything from campsites and waterfalls to a restaurant and fishing lake. 10/3 - Trail closed due to SQF Complex and Rattlesanke Fires. Between that lower lake and Helen Lake there are two steep snow patches 20 feet long. Many downed trees, all are stock passable. Forecast Valid: 3pm PST Dec 19, 2020-6pm PST Dec 26, 2020 . Traction devices (micro-spikes) strongly recommended. 7/16 - Ranger Lake to Belle Canyon Pass Trail (including spur trails to Lost Lake and Seville Lake) is in good condition. 'Trail' difficult to follow at Heather Lake. 11/19 - TH to top of the 'hump' is 25% snow/ice-covered, 'hump' to Pear Lake is 65% snow/ice-covered. It may be stock passable if stock groups are able to do a bit of shoveling. Whitney Trail in favor of a more technical, but more rewarding approach. 6/19 - Bishop Pass- E. side, lower down 10 to 20 foot, long patches covering trail, avoidable. Do not rely on trail updates in spring, fall, and winter when there are very few rangers in the field. Wind chill values as low as -3. Many roads on Mt. Crossed without needing special equipment. 100 foot patch of snow on top of Pass. Thursday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail Hiked with 2 friends. … 7/21 - Snow free, large boulder on bottom switchback on the south side of the pass. West wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Mount Whitney, of the California Sierra Nevada, holds numerous distinctions. For more information on trails starting on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, contact the Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office at (760) 873-2483 or check their trail conditions page for more information. Partly cloudy, with a low around 7. Melting quickly. 6/15 - The Kings River crossing at Upper Paradise is passable. Sunday  A chance of snow showers. 6/10 - Roaring River to Kern Ranger Station: All stream crossings 2 feet or less, not swift but slippery. There is a stock-stopper boulder on the North Side; hikers won’t have a problem going around it. Many foot prints to follow. Hikers should use caution if attempting to cross on the logjam as they can shift without warning.Glen Pass: The North side of the pass has a well-established snowfield crossing and then some navigation required down the scree field to meet back up with the trail a few hundred feet down.The scree field is a bit loose. Wilderness Permits are required year round for all overnight wilderness travel, even in winter. Conditions are continuously changing and wilderness hikers need to plan for inclement weather. Finally, it rises higher than any piece of land in the United States outside of Alaska.Mount Whitney's elevation stature continues to intrigue the h… 7/10 - Small snow patch, easily avoidable, rest is clear. 7/21 - Some snow patches with high consequences; Stock passable for experienced packers. North side of pass has a few small patches of snow. Visitors should not expect to be able to store their food in a food storage at Kearsarge Lakes. Traction devices may be useful depending on time of day. 7/2 - North Side: half-dozen patches of snow, only partially cover the switches, easily avoidable by hikers. Please call Darrington Ranger District at 360-436-1155 to give a conditions report after your visit. West northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. We started our hike 10:00 pm previous day and reached the permit checking area at 12:00am. However when snow or ice is on the mountain winter mountaineering skills and equipment are necessary for safe travel. 7/7 - 4 downed trees between Roaring River and Big Wet Meadow. 7/23 - Snow free, except for one 50ft section of snow below Helen Lake. 2 large rocks (2ftx3) on lower switches, partially blocking the trail. East side of Mt. 6/22 - Mostly snow-free. At higher elevations in the night, even in the summer months temperatures can fall below freezing. 2 downed trees- both are stock passable. 11/30 - Expect winter condtions above 9,000 ft. 7/1 - Trail mostly clear, a few downed trees, Trail kind of disappears for a short period of time just after Frypan Meadow, but then picks up again. No snow impeded travel, was able to cut east from East Kennedy Lake through Volcanic Lakes region to Granite Pass, which was clear of snow. 6/22 - South side of Muir Pass:Trail is snow-free to lake below Helen Lake. Ozone and other air pollutants are common here. Last of switchbacks has 30 foot-long patch avoidable by crawling over boulders. The Whitney Portal access Road is now closed. Mostly sunny, with a high near 19. 6/29 - South side - snow free. Inyo and Sierra national forests extended their closure orders. Hikers should seek an alternate crossing. Stock travel is discouraged due to trail washouts on the east side. 6/20 - 90% snow-free. Micro-spikes: If you're going up the Portal Trail, by al means, bring them along, along with a pair of hiking poles. Inyo side above 11,500 ft patchy snow. Trail is easy to follow. This route is usually done in about three days, though more time can be taken to acclimate to the elevation. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Reviews on Whitney Portal Campground in Lone Pine, CA 93545 - Whitney Portal Family Campground (7 reviews), Whitney Portal Store & Hostel (49 reviews), Mt. Crossable with caution- trekking poles and water shoes advised. The quota period for Mt Whitney is over so permits are there for the asking until April 30th 2021. Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. Ice axes and crampons are needed in spring and early summer, but technical climbing equipment is not usually necessary between mid-July and early … Mt Whitney, in California, is the highest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,505 feet.When the trail is free of snow in the summer months to early fall, you can follow a well maintained trail up to the summit. This closure will remain in effect until sites can be inspected and hazard trees removed. Many hikers on this two-day schedule will camp at Trail Camp, which sits at 12,039 feet and a little over 6 miles from the trailhead. 6/5 – Woods Creek trail is snow free to Upper Paradise Valley. Bears appear to be unfazed by mild hazing. 7/12 - Snow-free on the South Side. 7/2 - South Fork of the Kings Crossing (JMT) River is low, approximately 1 ft. deep. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Ice axes and crampons are needed in spring and early summer, but technical climbing equipment is not usually necessary between … Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 24. Latest Trail Conditions as of December 9th The Whitney Portal Store, located 13 miles west of Lone Pine, lies next to the Mount Whitney trail head and has operated by permit from the Inyo National Forest since 1987. Saturday  A slight chance of snow showers. Trail is navigable despite thorns. You could spend a lot of time just camping here and taking in the sites without even going on the Mt. Getting There. According to the closure, all trails, roads, and developed areas within these forests and others in California are closed to the public. Whitney. 6/23 - Park side of pass is snow free. Typical winter temperatures above 9,500 feet range from -14 degrees F to 12 degrees at night and from 15 - 50 degrees F during the day. 6/28 - Evolution Creek crossing 20 inches deep trekking poles recommended. 17% PM. Panther Creek is flowing high 3-4" of rocks visible above the water line. In the most favorable conditions (late summer) it takes efficient hikers about 12 hours to get up and down, but we … Snow is one of the most spectacular features in the Sierra Nevada (the second snowiest mountain range on the continent) but due to the fact that Mt Whitney resides in the southern portion of the Sierra Nevada, it does not get nearly the amount of snow pack that the Palisade or Mammoth Lakes region do. Sunny and clear to partly cloudy with cold temperatures until Friday and going forward where we have a slight chance of snow up high on Mt Whitney. 10/3 - Middle Fork Road to Trailhead is closed. The closure does not impact Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. 7/12- Snow free, South Fork of the Kings: At the trail crossing the water is about a foot deep. 7/28 - Pass is snow-free. Do not rely on trail updates in spring, fall, and winter when there are very few rangers in the field. Whitney , Sequoia National Park Miles: 22 round trip There are logs and rocks to cross on, but this isn’t recommended as the logs move. 7/4 - Bishop Pass mostly snow free; east side switches shoveled out, 150ft flat snow on top. Hiking poles recommended. 7/16 - JO Pass to JO Pass/Twin Lakes jtn: 7 downed trees- one may be stock impassable. Here you will find the most recent trail conditions available to us. 7/2- 1 tree down on the West side of Kearsarge Pass, maybe stock passable. Whitney Trail (11 miles each way, 6,000 feet of gain) distributed lottery-style months in advance of their desired date to go. Friday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. 47050 Generals Highway 6/6 - Was clear of snow, good trail conditions. The Mount Whitney Trail, starting at the Whitney Portal, is the most popular route to the summit, and travels for 10.4 miles (16.7 km) with an elevation gain over 6000 feet (1820 m). Temperatures will be well below freezing (max -6°C on Sun morning, min -10°C on Tue night). 6/19 - Kearsarge Pass: snow-free/stock-passable 6/5 - Based on parkwide snow levels, trail likely free of snow to Lookout Peak. The trail averages 550' of elevation gain per mile and features two designated campsites along the way, the generally uncrowded Outpost Camp (10,360'), which is situated in a nicely sheltered meadow beside some running streams, and the much more popular Trail Camp (12,… 6/29- Cairned route mostly snow free. Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 10. Day and overnight hikers usually seek permits for the popular Mt. 7/16 - via Rowell Meadow: Trails are in good condition. One of those is 1/2 -mile before Big Wet Meadow- It is a 'stock stopper.' Trail Camp on Mt Whitney at an elevation of 12,000 ft. The North Side had a few small patches of snow that could be avoided by going on the edge of the trail or on rock. 7/2 - No downed trees from Marvin Pass to Roaring River via Sugarloaf Valley. Helen Lake to Muir Pass: 50% snow-covered. 11/16 - Watchtower Trail closed for the winter. 10/3 - Due to the Rattlesnake Fire and SQF Complex, the following area is temporarily closed to all individuals: All lands within the exterior boundary of Sequoia National Park in the Kern River drainage, Tule River drainage, East Fork Kaweah River drainage, and the portion of the Middle Fork Kaweah River drainage south of a line defined by the river and the ridge between the Hamilton Lakes basin and Eagle Scout Creek drainage For the most recent updates and a map of the closures, check the Inciweb page for the Rattlesnake Fire. Majority of snow was east of 'the hump.' North northwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 1 snow field on the last switchback trekking poles and traction aids recommended. Whitney: Ranger viewed small patches of snow at the top of the switchbacks West northwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Whitney Ranger District are not cleared of snow or rock fall in winter. This is a long and strenuous out-and-back trek that summits Mt. On the park side some snow- no special equipment required. Permits for trips beginning during quota season, May 1st through November 1st can be reserved on www.recreation.gov. To Ranger Lake, Trail in good condition. Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. It is the highpoint of both Tulare & Inyo counties. New Army Pass is the recommended route. This is a great class 3 route to the summit of Mt. Traction devices are a good idea if crossing early in the morning or late in the day. Temperatures at the lower elevations are generally warm. Whitney switchbacks to one-mile from Whitney summit: a few small snow patches. West wind 18 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Saturday  A chance of snow showers. Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. 7/23 - Charlotte Lakes: Multiple reports of bears obtaining food rewards from improperly stored food in Kearsarge Lakes, Charlotte Lake, Vidette Meadow, and Bubbs Creek areas. Mount Whitney isn’t for everyone. There is also large logjam less than 1/4 mile downstream from the old bridge. The mountain will still be there next year. Dec 16. Guitar Lake to Mt. Trail crew hopes to remove these trees next week. 6/21 - Bubbs Creek crossing at East Lake Junction, water is swift ~3ft deep. There is a shallow section just down stream from the old bridge. Wind chill values as low as -8. Downed tree below Evolution Lake at 10,300' blocks stock access to Evolution Basin. The hike is 22 miles round trip gaining just over 6700 feet of elevation.. 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