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Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
#4904 06/04/10 09:44 AM
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This thread is designed to hold posts displaying pictures and describing the current conditions of the Main Mount Whitney Trail (MMWT).  I hope everyone will contribute.

Please feel free to post pictures of your own or from any source (please post a reference to the original location), so that everyone can come here and easily find/read/see the conditions.

Older posts will be moved as conditions change. (As a result, some posts may appear to answer comments that are no longer in the thread.)

Thanks for everyone's help. Your posting trip reports helps untold numbers of hikers following you.

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Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #58270 12/05/20 10:31 PM
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Pedro L posted this report on the Mt Whitney FB page. Posted with his permission:
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Last weekend (11/28-11/29) me and my friend did a loop hiking up the Mountaineers Route and down the Main Trail. North Fork Lone Pine Creek was frozen forcing us, and another few hikers, to stay left and push through dense bushes later in a safer crossing zone. We slept at Iceberk Lake. The ice thickness was 6" on the sides. The chute was in perfect condition without any snow or ice patches. For the last 400 feet, we decided to take the Class 2 traverse due to our heavy backpacks. The main trail was also in great condition with very dry/sticky snow. We carried microspikes but didn't need them.

Ebersbacher Ledges
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Iceberg Lake
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Main Mountaineers Route chute, the notch at the top
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The traverse from the notch to the summit
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Summit picture
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Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #58276 12/11/20 12:26 PM
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Hi, does anyone know what the current conditions are like on the Mountaineers Route?

Thanks!

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Alex W #58277 12/11/20 09:36 PM
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Alex, the post just above yours are pictures from the MR. But now some light storminess has moved in, so it will have a bit of snow.

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #58285 12/21/20 04:44 PM
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Summited 12/20/2020 via main trail

Cables on switchbacks
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Summit
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Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
skeleton #58286 12/21/20 09:37 PM
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skeleton, Thanks so much for posting the pictures. They will help people who might want to try a winter hike.

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #58287 12/21/20 09:41 PM
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Bill D posted this on FB (shared with permission)
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We were planning to hike to Consultation Lake last Friday (Dec 4) but got sidetracked and decided to join in on the ice follies at Lone Pine Lake with the SAR girls. We played on the ice for an hour or two and listened to the lake sing to us with bellowing whale-like noises as the ice contracted/expanded below the surface. It was loud and echoed off the canyon walls to the point you could hear it a mile away. We continued on but made it only as far as Outpost Camp where we fell under the spell of the frozen falls. By the time we snapped to, it was time to head back. It was truly a magical day.

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Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #58289 12/24/20 07:32 PM
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Great pics. Thanks for posting!

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
MikeH #58290 01/08/21 07:00 PM
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Anyone been up recently? Webcams are looking good-ish and considering a one day up Russell. Anyone know if lower gate is open?


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