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Mount Whitney

Address: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Phone Number: 760-876-6200
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Type: Mountains, Trails, Outdoors
Owner description: The most climbed peak in the Sierra Nevada, and the highest.
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Type: Mountains, Trails, Outdoors
Owner description: The most climbed peak in the Sierra Nevada, and the highest.
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

If you love to hike, this is a must to hike before you die. I'm a high pointer (hiking to the highest point in every state) and this is been my favorite hike so far. I took the Whitney trail, which is 22 miles round trip, and decided to do it in a day so I wouldn't have to Carrie... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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170 reviews 170 reviews
136 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We wanted to summit Mount Whitney but didn't want to enter the permit lottery so opted for a guided group hike which wended through 5 days west of Mount Whitney. It was a great experience with the outdoors, and gave us a chance to acclimate to the altitude over several days (first camp Sunday evening at 10,000 feet, summit on... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
41 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Hiked to the summit on July 22, alone and in celebration of my 60th birthday.This was a beautiful hike and although I did not prepare as most recommend, I am in excellent physical condition (I run on the treadmill 8 or so miles most days). Had a great time and although the hike was challenging, it was considerably easier than... More 

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Camarillo, California
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331 reviews 331 reviews
147 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

There are two options - do it in a day or take several days. I have done both. Last time, due to the convoluted lottery system, I did it in a day. The advantage is you only need a day pack which serves to speed up the hike. Less weight equals greater speed. The downside is the hike is faster... More 

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South-Central, PA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Located on the sparsely-vegetated eastern side of the Sierra Nevada range, Mt. Whitney is monstrous but offers little to do unless one wishes to take a lengthy (approx. 22 mile) hike to it. The best vantage point for families with young children is from the Visitor Center in Lone Pine, CA.

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Middle Tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

you get a great view from the visitor center just south of Lone Pine Ca on Hwy 395 to see the highest mountain in the lower 48 states.

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I had a blast doing this climb. During the summer the mountaneering route is a hybrid between a trek and a climb. I suppose the technical description of the ascent is grade 3 rock scramble, so no technical experience required but if you are a seasoned trekker and/or physically fit and looking to expand your expereince and skills you will... More 

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San Juan Cap
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Didnt go all the way to the top, just to the Portal.. still awsome waterfalls and sights... very high altitude, so walking somewhat slowers, the drive up is slow w/ lots of turns, but road is good..

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

50% of the people who try to summit Whitney will not make it. Among the challenges you need to overcome: the highly restrictive permit application process, physically demanding conditions, extreme weather, dehydration, and if you can overcome all of those things, you never know if acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness) might set in. I am very thankful to have summited... More 

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Bishop, CA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Beautiful, varied scenery on a nice trail, a bit scary on the ridges, but breathtaking to see over the crest. Of course, the bad news is you have to join lots of others along the way.

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