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Mount Whitney Trail

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Mount Whitney Trail

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Whitney Portal Road, Lone Pine, CA 93545
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den r wrote a review Sep 2020
Los Angeles, California278 contributions108 helpful votes
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We hiked on September 5. I drove up a couple of days in advance but did not get a chance to acclimatize or hike and slept in Lone Pine for the two nights preceeding the Whitney hike. My three friends stayed three nights before the hike and acclimatized at Cottonwood and also hiked to Lone Pine Lake but slept in Lone Pine. We all took 600 mg of ibuprofen four hours before starting the hike and every four hours thereafter, including four hours after finishing. One of them had a little difficulty breathing but the others had to turn back on the switchbacks due to fatigue and weakness, which I believe was caused by AMS. All three used Boost Oxygen, which they said helped a lot after Trail Camp. I did not have any symptoms of AMS nor did I use oxygen but was well hydrated starting two days before the hike. Only two of us summited, taking us nine hours to reach the top. We all had equal training but never more than ten miles and we did about six hikes. My pack weighed 26 lbs. A guide at a backpacking store in Lone Pine told me that your pack should weigh max 12 lbs., including 2 liters of water. Good thing I didn't listen to him because I used nearly everything in my pack as it was cold and windy at Trail Camp and at parts on the way back. So all I can deduce from our experience is that suffering from AMS really depends on each individual person and, in my case, not acclimatizing or taking Diamox did not negatively impact me even though we live at sea level. We were incredibly lucky as the smoke came in right after we left and Inyo and Sequoia Parks are now closed for at least a month. We had clear views the whole day and no thunderstorms at the summit.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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vellachi8 wrote a review Sep 2020
San Jose, California17 contributions12 helpful votes
Mt Whitney is no every Hikes' Bucket list. We started our hike 10:00 pm previous day and reached the permit checking area at 12:00am. 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. Returned back by 4 pm. Enjoyed and worth hike.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Jovial-Wanderer wrote a review Aug 2020
Fremont, California55 contributions27 helpful votes
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Hiked Mt Whitney as a day hike on 21 Aug 2020. easily one of the best and toughest hikes. Very scenic all the way. I did not acclimatize or do practice hikes of high elevation. This is probably the reason why it was very challenging, especially the last two miles and the way down. I started at 5:45 am, and didn’t find parking. Had to park on the road beyond the overflow parking. I submitted at 1 pm, spent two hours at the summit and reached whitney portal at 8:45. It was very windy and cold on the summit, to do take some warm clothing. There are bear proof lockers in the parking lots, I used them to store food etc. I was told by a ranger that a 300 pound bear has been creaking into cars, so didn’t want to take a chance. It’s a very beautiful hike, hope I get to do it again.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Alexandra T wrote a review Jul 2020
Murrieta, California1,578 contributions612 helpful votes
Many of the entrances to the trail have been closed off. Once you find the open trailhead, you will find many people hiking. The trail is quite steep and at a high altitude so be prepared to stop and catch your breath as you acclimate.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Peter V wrote a review Jul 2020
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Difficult hike that I accomplished over two days camping at Trail Camp. Recommend this over trying to do it all in one day. Beautiful views but strenuous so make sure you train and please take out your wag bag!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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