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    J Lava added tram to summit loop

    8 months ago

    J Lava added mt whitney trail

    9 months ago

    J Lava reviewed Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail

    9 months ago

    so windy, so cold, so long, so worth it!
    Oct 4-6, stayed at trail camp. no crampons required, despite what I heard. More later, Imma get a burger.

    OK, here's more.

    Left the Portal about 10 on the 4th and camped at Trail camp. Pretty windy, so sleep was on again, off again, but it was tolerable. There are sites with rock windbreaks on the left hand side of the trail...arrive early and look around, as there are some sites that are not immediately obvious but are better protected. As other reviewers note, there is plenty of water available on the trail all the way to trail camp IF you have filtration/purification.
    I left about 8 am to summit, and went as slow as i needed, spent about an hour on top, and was back in camp by 4. You think its windy at trail camp, but it really gets breezy after trail crest! The second night i was used to the wind, and had a very pleasant nights sleep. I broke camp on day three and had a really nice hike back down to the portal.
    Glad I split this up in three sections, and fully recommend the experience. The trail itself was in very good shape, with only some intermittent icing. The worst part for me turned out out not to be the switchbacks, but the slog from outpost camp to trail camp. I first really noticed the altitude on that part of the trail. After trail crest, altitude felt like less of a factor than managing pace over some of the steeper ascending parts of the trail.
    First time and solo hike; I over-packed, especially food. If you're trying this for the first time, ask around and get as may opinions/as much advice as you can. Don't cheat on your prep; this is a long, high hike. Talk to Doug at the Portal store before you head up, he was very nice and had great last minute advice for me regarding conditions and equipment (thank you Sir!).
    This was an absolutely awesome experience!

    J Lava completed Victor Loop

    9 months ago

    J Lava added victor-palm loop

    9 months ago

    J Lava added maynard mine trail

    9 months ago

    J Lava added 7 sisters

    9 months ago

    J Lava completed Maynard Mine Trail

    10 months ago

    J Lava added san jacinto from tram

    11 months ago

    J Lava added tram to peak

    11 months ago

    J Lava added tram to San Jacinto summit

    11 months ago

    J Lava added peak back to tram

    11 months ago

    J Lava reviewed San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway

    11 months ago

    kinda hazy at the top but good temps and a breeze past the divide. also, saw some reviews at the beginning of the season saying this was close to 12 miles, but I got it right about 10 today on a fenix 3.

    J Lava reviewed San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway

    12 months ago

    trail is pretty easy to follow, and once you get up to the divide (~3 miles) the temps are about 30° lower than the desert floor.

    J Lava added Tram plus 4 mi

    12 months ago