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Lone Pine Lake

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Whitney Portal Rd, Lone Pine, CA 93545
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Susie1028 wrote a review Sep 2019
San Diego, California1,949 contributions339 helpful votes
Want to hike Mount Whitney but can’t get a permit? Take the trail up to Lone Pine Lake for a taste of what it is like to hike up to Mount Whitney. This hike is about 6 miles long roundtrip from Whitney Portal, and features a beautiful alpine lake.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jeanette T wrote a review Sep 2019
Michigan40 contributions21 helpful votes
We hiked to Lone Pine Lake in Sept. 2018 and Sept. 2019. Most reading about the distances learn it is around only 5.1 miles round trip (out and back) from Mount Whitney Portal. I used the app Endomondo. It recorded just over 3 miles to Lone Pine Lake sign. I went down to the lake and Endomondo recorded 7.22 miles round trip; without exploring the lake area. The hike has many switchback and it seems like it is longer than it actually is. In Sept of 2018, the water crossings were pretty much a trickle. In Sept of 2019, the water was moving a little faster and there were 3 crossings. The 1st was slow moving, 2nd was a little faster and you needed to use the rocks or have the option of getting your feet wet, and the 3rd is the log crossing you see in many pictures. The views were beautiful. You can see the valley, Alabama Hills and Lone Pine below. The contrast of the blue sky, evergreen and white stone was spectacular. I also saw a velvet buck and fish in the stream. When you finally get to Lone Pine Lake and see the addition of the deep blue water, it reaffirms every step is worth it. Additional information about our hike. September 2019, my husband and I wanted to do Mount Whitney in a day. When we headed out at 3:30 a.m., after hiking a few miles, I knew I would not make it to the top. If I continued with him, I would only slow him down, so I turned around and headed back down to camp. The reason for this tidbit is because I am female. I choose to turn around in the dark and hike back down to the trailhead by myself. On this trail I felt safe. I passed several other hikers heading up to the Mountain and even 4:00 a.m. I was greeted with friendly, "good mornings" or other greetings. Later that day, I thought I would surprise my husband. I decided to hike up to Lone Pine Lake to meet him. Again this portion was by myself. Along the way I passed a few people, and several people passed me. The trail was well populated. Everyone was friendly and happy to take a break to share stories or take pictures. There were others who you knew "meant business" or the agony on their face told their story of sore feet; for them, you just give a kind or reassuring smile. If you are not used the to elevation, take a lot of breaks and slowly you will get there. There is no shame it taking 2-3 hours to get to Lone Pine Lake. In 2018, we did use almost all of 3 hours. This time, since we trained, it was faster Side note: If you have a hard time breathing, take forceful breathes and also exhale with the same force. Also I have issues with my feet. I didn't on this trail but I did see several people shuffling. About a month prior to this trip, I saw a foot doctor for aching feet. He told me every chance I get soak my feet in the ice cold water. I took the information with me but didn't think I would put it to use. A few days prior to this hike we did Clouds Rest and I tried it! Oh my goodness! It revitalized my feet in ways I was surprised by. If your feet get sore. . . find a cold water source. It will be worth the extra 10-15 minute delay.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Death wrote a review Aug 2019
Death Valley National Park, California1 contribution
Clear water good swim I am impressed with the food at the trail head my wife ate all her meal really really good hiking
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Date of experience: August 2019
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David L wrote a review Aug 2019
Murray, Utah1,785 contributions684 helpful votes
There are a few lakes along the way to the top of Mt Whitney, and this is one of the most picturesque. It is along part of the trail that does not require a permit. Saw some people fishing,but they were a ways away, so don't know if they were catching.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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MilesMereV wrote a review Sep 2018
Brooklyn, New York299 contributions242 helpful votes
If you're not summiting Mt. Whitney, it is still worthwhile to drive up to Whitney Portal from Lone Pine and hike the 5 miles round trip to Lone Pine Lake and back. This hike gains about 1800 ft, starting at an elevation of approx. 8300 ft, so it's no walk in the park. First, the drive from Lone Pine to Whitney Portal is worthwhile on its own. You leave Lone Pine and drive through the Alabama Hills, which are cool looking rock formations, before gaining elevation. The short 15 minute drive takes you from the desert of Lone Pine to the wooded mountains. The hike to Lone Pine Lake is a steady uphill climb, but the grade is not too challenging. There are a couple of creek crossings along the way. The views on this hike are nice, but the lake is the star of this hike. Lone Pine Lake is beautiful! Plan to stay up there for a while, because you're not going to want to leave.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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