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Didn't make it all the way up (hit just shy of 11k ft) . Still too much snow from this year's record snowfall and didn't have crampons or picks. No wonder we didn't see another soul on the trail. In a month or two, should be beautiful, albeit strenuous in parts.

23 hours ago

This was a spectacular hike. Wildflowers, snow, lakes, waterfall, brook crossings. From the trailhead, it's only about half a mile to a great view of the falls, but it's a good workout. We went a little further, to the top of the falls (no view down, but beautiful pools), then stopped as it was wet and very snowy thereafter.

Note: if you have a high clearance 4-wheel drive, you can drive to the trailhead. You do drive through water, and there's one bad patch of fairly deep mud. As of May 27, anyway.

this is a lovely hike. if you haven't been out in a while give yourself plenty of time to adjust to the elevation and climb. bring a lunch to enjoy at the lake and binoculars for bird watching.

My single overnight permit for Sep 3rd 2017 for first time. Anyone going same day I can conect with. shoot me an email vegacpt@hotmail.com

Lucky enough to have snow capped mountains and spring run off through the aspen trees. Easy walk/hike around lake. Lots of areas to fish and picnic. Really beautiful

Amazing and definitely moderate-hard level trail. We arrived early in the morning on a weekday and parking was plentiful. Encountered deer grazing and strolling along the rushing streams. Cool and sunny in the beginning of the trail, which was nice since it is exposed. Eventually after a bit of scrambling we were rewarded with an amazing waterfall. We kept on through a wooded area. The shade was much needed as it actually got warm into the middle of the day. After a skip and a hop over a snake that shot out of nowhere and some small streams, we made it to the "Rangers Cabin" and took a breather while our pup explored some snow that had not melted yet. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the lakes as we had to turn around because of personal reasons. The way back down was a bit strenuous. We had to carry our brave little trail pup as the heat was getting to him and he was obviously exhausted from the sun/lack of shade. We were expecting low 60s/high 70's but apparently temperatures were in the high 80s/low 90s. Regardless, this is a beautiful trail and we can't wait to try it again and actually reach the lakes. We will be better prepared next time. Beautiful views and awesome elevation~! We'll be back Big Pine Lakes~!! ;)

A friend and I started this hike on Wednesday, 5/24 at 11:55am. The trail was dry for about the first 2 miles. Then we encountered heavy snow for the remainder of the hike.

Just about everyone put on crampons at this stage. Footprints go in all directions, so it's very difficult to find the trail. We crossed the log bridge to cross the creek. The last log was underwater in the middle but it's still easy to cross.

We saw some hikers coming down near the creek. They told us that the way they came down was the way to outpost camp. It turned out to be a steep hill and not part of the trail. The actual trail goes around the left side of this cliff. We burned a lot of time and energy on this climb. I thought that might be the case when some hikers with GPS behind us went another way. Although, they actually followed the creek up which is also easier but a bit more dangerous due to the ice cold creek water racing by. We burned a lot of time and energy on this climb. We finally could see Lone Pine creek again through the snow before Outpost Camp. This area was entirely covered in snow. I missed Outpost Camp on the way up.

I didn't see any more hikers for the rest of my hike up. My friend was the only one I saw and was way ahead of me waving down to me from each cliff to see if I made it. It turns out that after Outpost Camp, we went left and unknowingly lost the trail and climbed a steep hill next to a waterfall. The steep cliff of the waterfall had some bright colored warning tape at the top. This is not the correct trail. The trail hugs the right side of the mountain after Outpost Camp.

My friends tracks were now the only clear tracks in the snow. I saw no one for about another hour as I tried to climb an even steeper slope after I made it above the waterfall. I now had to use my ice axe in case of the need to self arrest. I also wore my helmet here since I had it. I spent almost an hour climbing the slope with a lot of postholing. I was about 2/3 of the way up when dark clouds filled the sky above. My friend must have headed up to Trail Camp as he was no where in sight for quite some time. I wanted to head back down the mountain to camp but I had no camping gear. It was all with my friend. I yelled his name for a long time before deciding to head back. At about 5:50pm, I glissaded down the slope. Then I did the same with the slope next to the water fall. This one I had to hike to the side a bit to avoid the cliff.

Some hikers at Outpost camp watched me come down. I asked them to tell my friend that I was headed back.

I worked my way down the mountain. I crossed the creek at the log bridge and came across several hikers there walking both ways.

The footprints now went in every direction and I lost the trail. After descending the mountain there was now almost no snow. I heard loud moaning with deep bass, almost like a drum. I don't know for sure but think it was a bear. I tried to remember what the mountain looked like on the way up to try to find the trail. There were cliffs on both sides one with the creek near it. I knew to try to stay close to cliff without the creek as it was where we came up. Thankfully, I finally came across the trail again. I heard very loud moaning again just off the trail and very close. It had so much bass to it that I believed it was a large animal, probably a bear. This was just before I cross the heavy stream the crosses the trail. I went quick so my shoes didn't get too wet. I also looked back to the trail a lot to make sure none of those bears were following me. I whistled as I went down to make sure not to startle any animals. I wondered if it only helps them to hunt me. But I heard it's what you're supposed to do since they usually want to avoid contact with humans too.

I just turned on my head lamp before making it to the end. I finally made it back to my car at Whitney Portal, just before it was dark at 8pm.

In the morning I called the Sheriff to let them know who I was and my friend and that we were split up. I let them know I made it out ok, in case my friend reported me missing.

I felt really bad because he had a rough night looking for me. He stayed overnight and made it to Trail Crest. The winds were too strong up there so he headed back and made it safe to the Portal on Thursday, 5/25.

In the snow it's really important to have a map or even better a GPS map downloaded into your phone before going and make sure you have a USB pack to keep your phone charged. My friend had the map, so it's good for everyone to have their own. Everyone should probably have their own tent too. If you might split up walkie talkies would be good to have too.

A YouTube video will be posted soon too (lukeshometube). We didn't make it to summit this time but we made it back safe and that's what counts. Hope this helps!

I summited Mt. Whitney on May 18, 2017. With 160% snow pack, this class 1 hike becomes mountaineering. My group camped at Trail Camp; cold but not to windy. It was more beautiful than any picture can show. Great hike for the person who knows what they are getting into.

This is a great hike for beginners and the experienced. It's a slight downhill path all the way to Casa Vieja once you reach the Golden Trout Wilderness sign from the parking lot. From the sign for about 100yds it is the steepest decline of the entire trail. Bring your camera and take plenty of pictures. There is an old Forest Service Cabin on the other side of the meadow that is worth seeing. They still use it in the summer, so make sure you announce yourself. The views are out of a postcard. If you have the time walk around the meadow - don't walk through it, you'll get a crash course in why it's a meadow (Swamp!). There are golden trout in the stream and springs all around.

This is a beautiful hike, very strenuous but worth it. there are 2 springs on the way down that you can fill up your camel backs - they come right out of the side of the hill! Be prepared to do some deep creek crossings if you go in May or early June - there's 4 of them. If you want to keep going the trail continues to Painter's Camp, another 6 miles but not as steep. This part of the trail will be hot now as all of the ponderosas and sequoias went up in flames during the McNally Fire. With that said, Painter's Camp and the 70 ft waterfall just before it are worth seeing.

Missing Asian Girl in Mount Whitney! Help!!!!

(5/21, Sunday) A 27 year old Chinese (female) went hiking with 2 other friends in Mt Whitney Trail. One girl went back at the very beginning. And then she separated with the other hiker at Trail Crest, and lost contact since heading backing by herself.
She wore a blue jacket (The North Face),black pants and brown hiking boots (seeing the first two photos, taken at the 5/21, and the rest are old ones)
If anyone seen her or heard from something about her, please contact us as soon as possible. Thanks so much!!
Sheriff :760-878-0383

6 days ago

A pretty nice, quick and painless hike. Has three periods of climbing, the longest being at the start of the trail. Parker creek appears on the north side of the trail. There are tons of places to get off trail and explore around the creek, especially the north side of it. Many fishing spots and great places to make camp. Once you get to the lake it's fun to hike all around it. The west end has a lot to explore and you can follow the creek higher up the mountain for beautiful views. A fun trail to run down as well.

6 days ago

The trail has melted out to the waterfalls (about 1.5 miles in). It was a beautiful quick hike and one of the only ones that has partially melted out in the area.