Mount Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake

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Mount Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Whitney Portal, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1889 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

No permits required for hikers going no further than Lone Pine Lake. Day hikers going beyond require a day-use permit, obtained from the Mount Whitney Ranger Station in Lone Pine. Overnight hikers require a wilderness permit. Hikers bound for the top of Mount Whitney are controlled by a strict quota system and need to reserve a space far in advance. Fantastic views of Mount Whitney!

hiking
4 days ago

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10 days ago

A high altitude body of water that sits on a shelf above Whitney Portal. Its waters, mirror-like in appearance, stretchs out to the horizon like a natural infinity pool—reflecting the surrounding evergreens, massive boulders, and towering cliffs with perfect symmetry. At an elevation of 10,050 feet.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Awesome hike, the scenery is amazing!

15 days ago

Awesome terrain. Great views throughout. Challenging water crossings including a log walk across the marsh.
A must do !!
PS the lake at the end is a wonderful natural infinity pool overlooking the mountains.

15 days ago

Awesome terrain. Great views throughout. Challenging water crossings including a log walk across the marsh.
A must do !!

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16 days ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Slushy snow , slippery at about 3/4 miles to the lake. 2 rivers running strong so be prepared to get wet, the log bridge is in the water about half way - so again be prepared to get feet wet. At the lake - snow and ice too. Trekking poles would have probably made it easier and safer. Some people had crampons to make Handling the slush better. Other than that it's a fairly easy hike - but we're OK with going slow and stopping when needed. Especially with 2 dogs - we made room for other hikers and other dogs on the hike. Enjoyable hike, at the lake it's partly frozen so we were careful not to let the dogs too close to the frozen lake.

geocaching
2 months ago

snow and ice today. gorgeous place and worth the trek. trekking poles came in handy

hiking
3 months ago

The hike to Lone Pine Lake is about as far as you can hike out of Whitney Portal without a permit for the Whitney Zone. The hike is mostly sunbathed and hot. It climbs relentlessly in the heat. However, the endpoint of Lone Pine Lake is absolutely beautiful. The lake is relatively small and the granite faces above it are towering.

hiking
3 months ago

This is the bottom portion of the Whitney Portal Trail and as far as you can hike without a permit. Although forested, this section is mostly exposed to the sun and a good trail. The views of the Inyo Mountains, Owens Valley and the Alabama Hills open up as you gradually switchback up the trail. The only water crossing is just before you come to the John Muir Wilderness sign and the barely noticeable junction for the Mountaineering Route. At about 2.5 miles is the junction to Lone Pine Lake, a place to fish for golden trout, and some folks camp here if taking two days to Trail Camp - said to be better than Outpost Camp. We hiked on a beautiful day and was around 80 degrees at the bottom, but the lake was nice and breezy with some snow patches. Beautiful views. Take water and sunscreen. My goal is to do the rest of this hike to the top some day.

hiking
4 months ago

Still a lot of snow near the top at this time of year, but this is absolutely beautiful. Favorite hike I've ever done

hiking
4 months ago

So peaceful! While my husband hiked to the summit - I did my own thing a bit later and man...it was quiet and cold and I loved it! I started at the camp a mile down and it was a great hike. Did a little running on the trail bc the path was very clear of rocks.