A couple months ago, online friends Paul and Dee of 2 More Miles invited me to join their group on a Whitney summit trip. Since I’d bailed before Whitney on my JMT/PCT trip last summer, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to conquer this objective. As my friend WhyNot?! would say, WHY NOT?
Several in my group had a history of altitude sensitivity and with my asthma I was more than happy to begin our trip with a couple of acclimation hikes and nights at higher elevation. Arriving fairly late on Wednesday, June 8th, we spent our first night at the Lone Pine Campground (about 6,000′).
On Thursday, we drove up the Whitney Portal Road and hiked to Lone Pine Lake (about 10,000′), lollygagging our day away at 8-10,000′.
We spent Thursday and Friday nights at the Horseshoe Meadow Campground. With an elevation around 10,000′ and overnight lows around freezing, it gave us an opportunity to acclimate to both as well as make final decisions about gear for the trip. On Friday, we hiked from the campground up toward Mulkey and Trail Passes.
To be continued . . . .
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- Showers are available for $5 at the Whitney Hostel in Lone Pine
- Parking is available in Lone Pine at the Dow Villa Motel overflow lot for $25/week with a motel reservation.
- Transportation and parking options (overnight parking at the Whitney Portal is not an option unless you have an entry or exit permit). Our group of 7 was able to successfully hitch from the Portal to Lone Pine.
- Kurt Power is a good private shuttle option to/from Horseshoe Meadow Campground.
- Map – Tom Harrison Mount Whitney High Country
- Map – Halfmile (Section G, pages 14-16, and Section H, pages 1A-1B)
- Map – Printing by Yogi
- Book – Mount Whitney the Complete Trailhead-to-Summit Guide, by Paul Richins, Jr.
- Smartphone Apps – Halfmile, Trimble Outdoor Navigator, Guthook’s PCT Guide
- Emergency Communicator – InReach SE
- Lone Pine Campground
- Horseshoe Meadow Campground
- Mt Whitney Weather Forecast
- Mt Whitney Trail Conditions Forum
- Basic Trip Itinerary