It is the highest summit in California’s Sierra Nevada, with amazing giant granite peaks, scenic landscapes and a popular destination for hikers and climbers.
The popular Mount Whitney, is the tallest mountain in California, (14,505 ft), and is the highest summit in the contiguous United States and the Sierra Nevada. It is located on the east-side of California’s beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Mountain climbers appreciate the steep eastern side of the mountain, while hikers undertaking the challenging hike on the western side of Mt. Whitney. Expect brilliant sunrises, giant granite peaks and even encounter strange little animals called marmots.
The Mt Whitney Trail starts in Inyo National Forest at Whitney Portal, 8,300 feet above sea level. The trail gains over 6,200 feet of elevation before reaching the summit in Sequoia National Park. The summit of Mt. Whitney is the southern end of the John Muir Trail. Named for the naturalist, author and early wilderness. The Whitney Trail, can be hiked in 1 day, but most people complete it in 2-3 days.
While accessible without extensive training or technical equipment, submitting Mt. Whitney still requires planning, permits, practice and preparation. Whether you are seeking a one day hiking challenge, an overnight ascent or beginning the trek of your dreams, climbing Mt. Whitney is sure to be a memorable experience.