Mt Whitney from Whitney Portal

This is a killer hike! – A must for the extreme day hiker. With some careful planning, some conditioning, and the right mental attitude this can be a successful day and an unforgettable experience. Mt. Whitney is a 22 miles round trip hike, has an elevation climb of over 6000 feet, and is one of the most famous extreme day hikes.

You can also do the Mount Whitney Trail as an overnight camping trip, allowing you to break the 22 miles up into 2 days. You can leave you tent and overnight gear at the camp and hike carrying less weight to the summit.

If you want to do a week long backpacking trip, you can start in Sequoia National Park and do the High Sierra Trail.  The hike is 72 miles, and requires a shuttle back to the start from Whitney Portal, or you can hike back to the start if you have more time. summit with a lighter pack. Most people overnight at Trail Camp, close to the summit, but you can also camp at Outpost Camp, Consultation Lake, or Lone Pine Lake.

  • Near: Lone Pine, CA
  • Distance: 22 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 6100 ft
  • Hike Time: 12 hours
  • Difficulty: 10/10
  • Trail Condition: mostly well maintained trail
  • GPX File Download: >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Permits: >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Dog Friendly: No
  • Kid Friendly: No

Getting to the trail head:
From Los Angeles – Hwy 5 (north) to Hwy 14 (north) to Hwy 395 (north) to Whitney Portal Rd.. (left) to end of road to trail head.

Google Map Link


36.586911, -118.239951

Trail Detail


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