Mt Whitney trail

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Mt Whitney from Lone Pine

Mt Whitney from Lone Pine

Mt Whitney from Lone Pine

Mt Whitney from Lone Pine


Mt Whitney from Lone Pine

Overnight hikers campground

Waterfalls at Whitney Portal


The unmarked junction with the mountaineering route coming from the Whitney Portal

Towards Lone Pine Lake

Towards Lone Pine Lake

Towards Lone Pine Lake


Towards Lone Pine Lake

Towards Lone Pine Lake

Towards Lone Pine Lake

Towards Lone Pine Lake


Towards Lone Pine Lake

Towards Lone Pine Lake

Towards Lone Pine Lake

Towards Lone Pine Lake


Before Lone Pine Lake

Waterfall before Lone Pine Lake

The logs before Lone Pine Lake


Junction with Lone Pine Lake

At Lone Pine Lake

Lone Pine Lake


Above Lone Pine Lake

Bureaucracy at work

Above Lone Pine Lake


Above Lone Pine Lake

Above Lone Pine Lake

Above Lone Pine Lake

Above Lone Pine Lake


Above Lone Pine Lake


Meadow

Meadow

Meadow

Meadow


Meadow

Meadow

Towards Mirror Lake

Towards Mirror Lake


Towards Mirror Lake

Towards Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake


Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake


The logs before Mirror Lake

The logs before Mirror Lake

The creek at Outpost Camp


Just before Outpost Camp

Crossing the creek at Outpost Camp

Outpost Camp


The creek at Outpost Camp

Waterfall at Outpost Camp

Outpost Camp

Meadow from above


Outpost camp

Outpost Camp

Towards Mirror Lake

Towards Mirror Lake


Almost at Mirror Lake

At Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake


Lone Pine Lake

Trail above Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake


Mirror Lake from above

Meadow from above

Lone Pine Lake


Above Mirror Lake

Above Mirror Lake

Above Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake from above


Towards Consultation Lake

Towards Consultation Lake

Towards Consultation Lake

Towards Consultation Lake


Towards Consultation Lake

Towards Consultation Lake

Towards Consultation Lake

Towards Consultation Lake


Towards Consultation Lake

Towards Consultation Lake

Towards Consultation Lake

Towards Consultation Lake


Towards Consultation Lake

Towards Consultation Lake

Towards Consultation Lake

Towards Consultation Lake


First views of Crest and Mt Muir

Before Consultation Lake

Before Consultation Lake

Before Consultation Lake


Before Consultation Lake

Before Consultation Lake

Before Consultation Lake


Towards Consultation Lake

Consultation Lake

Consultation Lake

Consultation Lake


Consultation Lake

The trail to Base Camp

The trail to Base Camp


Towards base camp

Towards base camp

Towards base camp

Towards base camp


Towards base camp

Consultation Lake

Consultation Lake

Towards base camp


Almost at Trail Camp

Almost at Trail Camp

Almost at Trail Camp

Almost at Trail Camp


Towards Trail Camp

Marmots feasting on camper's food at Trail Camp

Aggressive marmot

Trail Camp from the switchbacks


View from base camp

View from base camp

View from base camp

Base camp


Mt Whitney all the way to the right

Marmot

Up the switchbacks


Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks


Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks


Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks


Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks


Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks


Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks

Up the switchbacks

Poop bag left by hikers


View from the switchbacks

View from the switchbacks

The switchbacks

The handrail


View from the switchbacks

View from the switchbacks


Mt Muir

Mt Muir

Russell and Carillon

Mt Russell and Mt Carillon


Mt Muir

Peaklets of the Crest

Lakes below

Peaklets of the Crest


Peaklets of the Crest and Mt Muir

The Crest, 4145m

The Crest, 4145m


At the Crest

Trail Crest sign

View east from the Crest

At the Crest


View from the Crest

The Crest, 4145m ("ft" is a unit of measurement of the ancient Roman empire that is still used in some backwards parts of the former British Empire)

Hitchcock Lakes from the Crest


Hitchcock Lakes

On the other side of the Crest

JMT junction


Junction with the John Muir trail

Peaklet at the junction with the John Muir trail

The 96 switchbacks to the Crest

Guitar Lake


Hitchcock Lake and Guitar Lake

View north

Mt Muir

Flowers


The brutal last 3 kms

The brutal last 3 kms

The brutal last 3 kms


The brutal last 3 kms

The brutal last 3 kms

The brutal last 3 kms

The brutal last 3 kms


The brutal last 3 kms

The brutal last 3 kms

The brutal last 3 kms

The brutal last 3 kms


The brutal last 3 kms

The brutal last 3 kms

The brutal last 3 kms

The brutal last 3 kms


The first view of the summit

Towards the summit

View east from between two of the teeth


View north

View north

Flowers

The summit


The summit

The summit

The summit

The summit


The summit

View from the summit

View from the summit

The summit


Iceberg Lake

View from the summit

View from the summit

View from the summit


View south

Marmot

USGS marker

USGS marker


The fancy register

The summit plaque (still in feet???)

Marmot


Iceberg Lake

Owens Valley

Mt Russell

View south


View south

Mt Williamson

Mt Williamson


Summit plateau

View north


Panoramic north, west to east


Rocks of the summit

View north

Keeler Needles

Hitchcock Lake


USGS marker

Iceberg Lake to the right, the Russell-Whitney barrier in the middle, Russell's south face to the left

Mt Russell and Carillon

The Russell-Whitney notch from Mt Whitney


The chute that we climbed and Iceberg Lake

Owens Valley and the whole mountaineering route to Mt Whitney

Mt Langley in the distance


Close-up of Mt Langley

Marmot

Mt Russell's south face

Mt Russell's south and east ridges


Panorama northwest (click to enlarge)


Panorama northeast to Mt Williamson (click to enlarge)


From the Great Western Divide to the Palisades


From the Great Western Divide to Mt Williamson


The summit house

The summit house

The summit house


The summit register

Summit sign


View south


Summit house


View north


Mt Russell, Barnard, Williamson...


Mt Russell

Mt Russell

Mt Williamson

The Barnard plateau

Video from the top of Mt Whitney

Another video from Mt Whitney


One can also use the North Fork trail (the mountaineering route)


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