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Mount Whitney

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
760-876-6200
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Type: Mountains, Trails
Description: The most climbed peak in the Sierra Nevada, and the highest.
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Camarillo, California
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315 reviews 315 reviews
140 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Ridgecrest, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
60 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

At 14,496 ft, the highest point in continental US; 10.6 mile trail gains 6000 ft. to get you to the top. All sorts of permits required. Must be in good condition to survive the high altitude, but it's worth the view from the top!

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Kernville, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This is a gorgeous peak. One can climb it the hard way (East face) or take the longer trail - allow at least two days and get reservations way in advance. Even if one just goes to the base at Whitney Portal, the spectacular eastern face, glorified by a creek and abundant conifers, is well worth the steep and winding... More

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Ridgecrest, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
19 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Had the grandparents here from Virginia and had to show them Lone Pine and Mt. Whitney. Of course you have to stop at 8500 feet, but the drive and the views along the way are breathtaking. Take a camera and make sure you go on a clear day. Be sure you stop at the lookouts along the way. You won't... More

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