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At 14,496 feet elevation, Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. The peak lies within the John Muir Wilderness and the Sequoia National Park Wilderness. These areas were set aside by Congress and the President to provide opportunities for solitude and unconfined, primitive types of recreation. Wilderness areas are places where the earth and its communities of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.
Like Smokey says, "Only You" can protect Mt. Whitney. It is one of the most popular wilderness destinations in the country. Because of its extreme popularity, all who choose to visit Mt. Whitney must adhere to high standards of conduct. Practices that are appropriate in other areas might not be acceptable at Mt. Whitney. For example, Mt. Whitney visitors must always pack-out their solid human waste. In 2007, Mt. Whitney visitors packed out at least 6,330 pounds of human waste!
It is now spring. Spring in the high Sierra is not like spring in most of the U.S. There is still a considerable amount of snow, although it is receding. At times, the weather may be extreme and winter like. Snow conditions are highly variable, depending on route, location, time and weather. Ice axes, crampons and helmets might be necessary for a safe and successful round-trip to the summit, even on the Mt. Whitney Trail. On the trail, conditions are usually more summer like by late June.
Obtain weather and avalanche information from the National Weather Service and the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center.

Thank you and enjoy your visit to Mt. Whitney,
Mt. Whitney Wilderness Rangers
Permits and Permit Reservations

New! Everybody throughout the Mt. Whitney Zone must possess a valid wilderness permit year-round. Permits are issued only at the InterAgency Visitor Center, 1 mile south of Lone Pine, CA.
From May 1 to November 1, all use is regulated by limited entry quotas. Permits for the quota period may be reserved in advance. Most permits for Mt. Whitney are reserved during the Mt. Whitney Lottery, in February.
Click on the following link for more information about Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permits.
Managing Your Human Waste at Mt. Whitney

All Mt. Whitney visitors must pack-out their solid human waste. Pack-out kits are distributed with wilderness permits. In 2007, visitors packed out at least 6,330 lbs of human waste! To those who helped out, THANK YOU!!!
Follow this link to view a New York Times video documentary about packing out waste at Mt. Whitney, filmed in August, 2007.
Follow this link for more information about Pack-It-Out.
Leave No Trace at Mt. Whitney

So, you think you practice Leave-No-Trace. Can you state the Seven Principles?
Follow this link to learn how to Leave-No-Trace at Mt. Whitney.
Plan Ahead and Prepare

Careful planning and preparation are essential for a safe and successful. In addition, well prepared visitors are much more likely to properly care for the areas that they visit.
Follow this link for more information about trip planning.
Bears and Proper Food Storage

From May 25 to October 31, all food, trash, toiletries and scented items must be stored approved bear-resistant containers. Hanging food is unacceptable and ineffective.
At Whitney Portal, all food, trash, toiletries and coolers must be removed from your vehicle and stored in bear-proof lockers. Failure to comply may result in extensive damage to your vehicle.
Follow this link for more information about bears and food storage.
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