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“Bucket list hike” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mount Whitney

Mount Whitney
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
760-876-6200
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Owner description: The most climbed peak in the Sierra Nevada, and the highest.
Camarillo, California
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“Bucket list hike”
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 and it is difficult to enjoy the lakes and stream.

Most important, on a day hike there is less time to acclimate to the elevation. Either way do plan to camp at Whitney Portal and take the time to have pancakes at the cafe. If you plan to do it in a day use a headlamp and start at 2 or 3 in the morning. It will take longer to reach the top than you plan.

Savor the hike. Speed is important but take your time and enjoy the bucket list experience.

Visited June 2013
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South-Central, PA
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“Interesting but not for young families”
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.

Visited November 2012
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Middle Tennessee
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“tall mountain”
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.

Visited October 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Climbing Mt Whitney via the mountaneering route”
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 not be disappointed. There is nothing boring about this 11 hour rock scrmable (on hands and knees) up and down Mt. Whitney. We did the ascent from and back to Boy Scout Lake. Overall trip was 3 days (last day was more of a half day). The mountain is 14,508 feet so altitude and its effects on the body come into play but are manageable. The views are spectacular.

I did the trip with SWS Mountain Guides. They were excellent (Casey and Matthew) and I highly recommend them.

Visited August 2013
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San Juan Cap
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“Highest Elevation”
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..

Visited May 2013
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