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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

super easy. tons of people climbing on the arch... bummer.

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.

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

[HELP: MISSING HIKER in MT WHITNEY]
(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

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

Love this short trail. Quick and easy, just follow the rock border!

I love this trail so much! I stop by here every time I am on the 395 or heading up to Mammoth. It's is all dry in the summer (which I personally love). It makes for insanely cool desert landscape and the rocks get super hot. On the way to the falls area, there is a stand with a metal box and a book inside, where you can write your name, where you are from, what date you visited, and why you visited. On the way you will find signs that tell you the history of this old volcanic site and how the Owens River used to flow through it. You can climb in and out of the falls, at your own risk of course. It's super fun and highly recommended!

really beautiful and very easy walk.

Great hike. Did it a few years back. Made it a 2 day camping above tree line in a very uncomfortable rock pile! Hike to top next morning. Great views. Threat of lightening made us head down after only being on top about 15 min. Met a 92 year old woman at the top that climbs it by herself in one day!!!! Know the signs of altitude sickness and get down if you start to feel it.