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backpacking
8 days ago

Awesome hike! Sun exposed first half. Lots of snow right now near the top. The lakes are frozen and last 1.5miles to first lake are snow covered. We brought snow shoes but the snow was pretty hard packed. Would recommend snow shoes if you plan on going further than first lake.

Very nice views. It's full pretty snowy about 1 mile up.

hiking
11 days ago

This was a surreal and at times scary experience. I summitted alone on November 1st, 2016.

I started at 9AM and camped the first night (Halloween) at Consolation Lake. Despite being a few hundred feet from the lake, due to the fresh snow, I steeped on a seemingly solid area that broke and put me past my boots in freezing water. I moved my camp and removed my boots and socks, both of which turned to ice shortly after. It was definitely good that I brought extra socks! That night was very cold and windy, making it difficult to sleep. Despite this, the sky was clear and I saw the best stars I had ever seen since it was a new moon and I was at high elevation.

The next day I waited a while until the sun came out, trying to warm up my boots. Getting out of Consolation Lake to the switchbacks was more difficult than I had expected and I was at times up to my hips in snow. Once I got to about the area where the cables are, a person who had summitted Rainier told me they were turning back due to the conditions. Another group of two people also decided to turn back at this point.

Around the corner where the cables were, was where the footprints ended. I continued with my entire pack (35lbs) all the way to Trail Crest. Once I reached it I decided to go for it without my entire bag. There were many steep sections that really made me plant my boots (with microspikes) and poles well. I summitted late in the day (about 3PM). The most surreal part was when I actually made it to the top, at that point a propeller plane flew to my left and I saw the faces of the people in the plane. I didn't hear it coming, it was a surprise I couldn't have imagined, a bit too coincidental since I hadn't noticed any planes like this, that or the previous day.

Due to the sun setting sooner at this time in the year, I had to descent most of the switchbacks in the dark with a headlamp. I had intended to make it back to the trailhead at night but in the dark, the footprints in the snow went off in too many directions. I ironically ended up back at Consolation Lake, probably because I ended up following my own footprints. I ended up camping here that night, which was less cold and windy.

The next day I found the trail back from Consolation Lake and descended. I didn't get phone reception past Lone Pine Lake and there was no one on the way up or down past the roped area. I really had expected people but I am happy I had so much of the mountain to myself. This is probably because I went at the end of the season, during Halloween and on a Tuesday.

I don't recommend doing this trail alone with snow up as deep as your boots like I did. I did see some small animal's footprints on some of the steep sections and used those as a guide when it wasn't clear where to go. I didn't expect it to take 3 day but the late start, confusion of where to go after the switchbacks in the dark and deep snow made it necessary.

See my photos and other parts of my story here: http://into.travel/blog/2016/11/02/mt-whitney

Unfortunately could not get through mid may. Road full of snow.

walking
18 days ago

Interpretive trail with nice views. Information center has a lot of cool stuff.

hiking
18 days ago

9 May 2017 Perhaps a bit early in this year after all the drought busting snow. We tried this yesterday and only got a mile or so up before having to abandon because of a tumultuos seasonal waterfall. But it was worth it for the views and a great acclimatiser to the altitude. We also had to negotiate some snowfields on our way up.

Did the full loop in a snowstorm.
Snowshoed through fresh snow cutting our own path. I highly recommend this trail in the snow, but discourage anyone who doea not have proper gear. The elevation gain is pretty difficult, especially in snowshoes.

Went on 5/7/17
12 hrs
11.5miles
3500ft gain

Do I need a backpacking permit or can we just go?

backpacking
20 days ago

Beautiful place!

21 days ago

Fun trail, not difficult at all, beautiful scenery, highly suggest!