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Mount Whitney, California


Prominence: 10078 ft, 3072 m

Elevation: 14,498 feet, 4419 meters


True Isolation: 1646.3 mi, 2649.47 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 14,505 ft / 4421 m
Alternate Name(s)Fishermans Peak
SubpeaksKeeler Needle (14,239 ft/4340 m)
Crooks Peak (14,173 ft/4320 m)
Third Needle (14,108 ft/4300 m)
Aiguille Extra (14,042 ft/4280 m)
Aiguille du Paquoir (13,976 ft/4260 m)
Aiguille Junior (13,927 ft/4245 m)
S'brutal Tower (13,865 ft/4226 m)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)36° 34' 43'' N, 118° 17' 33'' W
36.57855, -118.29239 (Dec Deg)
384374 E 4048898 N, Zone 11 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceCalifornia (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionInyo (Highest Point)
Tulare (Highest Point)
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     Mount Whitney at SummitPost.org
     Mount Whitney at ListsOfJohn.com
     Weather for Mount Whitney at Mountain-Forecast.com
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Inyo, CA by Ron Tagliapietra
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Inyo, CA by Dale Millsap
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Inyo, CA by Dale Millsap
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Inyo, CA by Carl Millsap
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Inyo, CA by Peter Maurer
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Inyo, CA by Matt Worster
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Tulare, CA by Dale Millsap
     CoHP.org Trip Report for Tulare, CA by Dale Millsap

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Lists that contain Mount Whitney:
     Contiguous 48 U.S. State High Points (Rank #1)
     U.S. State High Points (Rank #2)
     United States State/Territory High Points (Rank #2)
     USA Lower 48 Range3 High Points (Rank #1)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 100 miles of Isolation (Rank #1)
     5000 foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #1)
     California 14,000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Fred Beckey's Great Peaks of the Continent (Rank #4)
     Ultras of the Contiguous United States (Rank #2)
     Most Prominent Peaks of the U.S. States (Rank #4)
     USA Lower 48 Drainage Basin High Points (Rank #1)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 5000 feet of Prominence (Rank #2)
     High Points of Counties Crossed by the Pacific Crest Trail (Rank #1)
     EPIC List - States of the USA (Rank #2)
     Most Isolated Peaks of the U.S. States (Rank #3)
     USA 48-States 14,000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     5000 foot Prominence CoHPs (Rank #5)
     Combined USA-Canada-Mexico State/Province High Points (Rank #9)
     Porcella/Burns California Fourteeners (Rank #1)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #2)
     U.S. County High Points over 13,000 feet - 48 States (Rank #1)
     Customary Western USA Fourteeners (Rank #1)
     Fifty Highest CoHPs in Lower 48 (Rank #1)
     USA Lower 48 Range4 High Points (Rank #1)
     5000 foot gain CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #1)
     California County High Points (Rank #1)
     California County Prominence Peaks (Rank #1)
     California Peaks with 25 Miles of Isolation (Rank #1)
     Sierra Peaks Section Emblem Peaks (Rank #1)
     100 Highest CoHPs in Lower 48 (Rank #1)
     U.S. National Forest High Points (Rank #1)
     Counties with Largest Area (Rank #1)
     Las Vegas Mountaineers Classics (Rank #1)
     California 13,500-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Sierra Sampler List (Rank #1)
     California Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #1)
     Western States Climbers Star Peaks (Rank #1)
     Western Contiguous USA CoHPs (Rank #1)
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #1)
     Western USA Peaks with 25 miles of Isolation (Rank #1)
     Vagmarken Sierra Crest List (Rank #1)
     Western States Climbers List (Rank #1)
     California Wilderness High Points (Rank #1)
     Sierra Club Sierra Peaks Section (Rank #1)
     Dreams (Rank #16)
(Peak is on over 20 lists; Not all shown here.)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       California County Summits (Suttle)
       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)
       Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints (Winger)

Ascent Info

Total successful ascents logged by registered Peakbagger.com users: 2758
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 2463)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1989-06-13 by Greg Slayden
     2003-06-18 by Patrick Shannon
     2010-08-10 by William Musser
     2011-08-16 by Jason Reed
     2011-08-25 by Peter James (GPS Track)
     2011-08-31 by Matthew McPherson (GPS Track)
     2011-09-10 by Matthew Gray
     2011-10-14 by Ed Wandall
     2011-12-22 by Marlin Thorman (GPS Track)
     2012-08-05 by Patrick ONeill (GPS Track)
     2012-09-14 by Chad Painter (GPS Track)
     2013-08-01 by Sean Rowe (GPS Track)
     2013-08-22 by Marlin Thorman (GPS Track)
     2013-08-23 by Peter Stone
     2013-08-29 by Chad Straub (GPS Track)
     2013-09-03 by Patrick ONeill (GPS Track)
     2014-03-21 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)
     2014-03-22 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)
     2014-03-23 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)
     2014-04-18 by Tye Scott
     2014-06-20 by Scott Larson
     2014-06-26 by Joseph Esparza
     2014-08-21 by Matt Varney (GPS Track)
     2014-09-05 by David Odenwalder
     2014-10-18 by Scott Larson
     2015-03-07 by Roger Bartlett (GPS Track)
     2015-06-30 by Scott Burley (GPS Track)
     2015-07-23 by Phil Robinson (GPS Track)
     2015-08-05 by Cece Worrall Rubin
     2016-03-25 by Scott Larson
     2016-08-04 by Serguei Okountsev (GPS Track)
     2016-09-11 by Derek Tse (GPS Track)
     2017-04-26 by Lev Babiev (GPS Track)
     2017-06-29 by Mike Black (GPS Track)
     2017-07-16 by Clément Guillaume (GPS Track)
     2017-07-17 by Francis Wang (GPS Track)
     2017-07-28 by Marcus Lostracco
     2017-08-13 by Jason Park (GPS Track)
     2018-11-19 by Keith Turner
     2019-06-26 by Alex Kunz

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Description:

Mount Whitney is universally famous as the highest mountain in the United States outside of Alaska, as well as the highest point in California and the Sierra Nevada. Few major peaks have a more pronounced Jekyll-and-Hyde personality; the east face features sheer cliffs plunging thousands of feet down to the Owens Valley, while the west side provides a much more gentle aspect. The summit area is very flat and broad, one of the more anticlimactic summits of a famous peak anywhere.

Climbing Notes:

Even though the east face of Whitney is the steeper, cliffy side of the mountain, it overlooks U.S. 395 and provides the easiest and quickest ways to the summit. Access from the west is a multi-day backpacking trip across the great gash of the Kern River canyon from the Sequoia National Park roads.

By far the easiset route is the Mount Whitney Trail from the Whitney Portal Campground at the end of a paved road from Lone Pine. It is a graded, well-maintained trail that uses hundreds and hundreds of switchbacks to gain the crest of the Sierra a mile or so south of the summit, and then winds along behind the craggy pinnacles of the crest to the main summit. The main obstacle is bureaucracy; the climb is so popular that camping reservations often need to be made months in advance. One strategy for avoiding the hassle is to make the trip a very long (almost superhuman) day-hike, avoiding the need for a camping permit.

There are many other routes, including the "Mountaineer's Route" on the east face, a nice class 2/class 3 alternative to the throngs on the trail. There is no shortage of world-class big wall rock climbing on much of the east face.


Dawn illuminates the east face of Mount Whitney (center) from Lone Pine, CA (2001-12-17).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 10,078 ft/3072 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 10,088 ft/3075 m
  Line Parent: Pico de Humboldt
  Key Col: Playas Valley/Pride Draw Saddle    4420 ft/1347 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 1646.3 mi/2649.47 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 19.118519, -99.767008
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Pico de Aguila  (SE)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges (Highest Point)
Range3: Sierra Nevada (Highest Point)
Range4: Sequoia Sierra Nevada (Highest Point)
Range5: Mount Whitney Group (Highest Point)
Ridges/DividesPacific Crest (Highest Point)
Sierra Nevada Crest (Highest Point)
Drainage Basins
Kern (HP)
South San Joaquin Basin (HP)
Internal Drainage-N.A.
Worldwide Internal Drainage
Owens Valley (HP)
Great Basin (HP)
Internal Drainage-N.A.
Worldwide Internal Drainage
OwnershipLand: Sequoia National Park (Highest Point)/Inyo National Forest (Highest Point)
Wilderness/Special Area: Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness Area (Highest Point)/John Muir Wilderness Area (Highest Point)
Topo MapMount Whitney O36118e3 1:24,000
First AscentAugust 18, 1873
    Begole, Charles (United States)
    Johnson, Albert
    Lucas, John
Route #1 Maintained Hiking Trail: Mt. Whitney Trail
Trailhead: Whiney Portal Campground (Paved Road) 8350 ft/2545 m
Vertical Gain: 6148 ft/1874 m
Distance (one way): 10.75 mi/17.3 km
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos


Mount Whitney is the flat-topped feature to the left and behind the much more spectacular-looking "S'brutal Tower" formation in this picture taken from the final section of the Mount Whitney trail (1989-06-13).


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All smiles on top of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 states (2013-08-29). Photo by Joel Waddington.
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The Smithsonian Institution Shelter atop Mount Whitney (2013-08-23). Photo by Peter Stone.
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HP #1 (2007-06-16). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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Mount Whitney Summit New & latest measurement from Ranger Station report is 14,508 ft (2014-08-14). Photo by Gretchen Nelson.
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Summit selfie! (2015-07-17). Photo by Mike Bowen.
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Filtering water on Mt. Whitney (2015-06-12). Photo by Keith Robinson.
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Downclimbing approach trail just below Iceberg Lake. Whitney at the back (2015-03-16). Photo by Serguei Okountsev.
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Mount Whitney from Mountaineer's Trail (2015-03-14). Photo by Weiwei Yin.
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Approaching Whitney Summit (2016-08-04). Photo by David Sklansky.
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