Our itinerary is for a 5-day, 4-night trek starting at Horseshoe Meadow, ascending over Cottonwood Pass to connect with the PCT, then continuing on to Crabtree Meadow where we’ll depart the PCT for the Mt Whitney Trail and then exit via the Portal. This will be about 8,000′ of elevation gain over 40 miles.
Day 1 – Saturday, 6/4/16
With a fairly leisurely hiking schedule our first day, we were able to take our time getting ready and on trail.
I’d had a great day of hiking. The climbing was steady and I was pleased with my performance in the elevation and heat. HOWEVER, when I got to camp, I started feeling quite nauseated. It took several hours of lying down with my umbrella providing shade and my buff providing damp relief before I felt like I could sit up. One of my dinner options was mashed potatoes and I was happy for that bland meal which I was able to keep down. I suspect I’d over hydrated. I’d been hiking bigger miles and normally drink a liter at water crossings. I also was using AquaMira as my water treatment which is new to me. I’ve always used a filter but my Sawyer froze while on the Arizona Trail and I decided I didn’t want to deal with that problem this trip. Thankfully, I felt fine in the morning.
Day 2 – Sunday, 6/5/16
Day 3 – Monday, 6/6/16
To be continued . . . .
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- Whitney Day 1 – Cottonwood Pass
- Whitney Day 2 – Felt Like 20 Miles
- Whitney Day 3 – Setting Up for Whitney
- 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