Mount Whitney, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Mount Whitney is the highest summit in the contiguous United States and the Sierra Nevada, with an elevation of 4421.0m. It is on the boundary between California's Inyo and Tulare counties, west-northwest of the lowest point in North America at Badwater in Death Valley National Park at 279ft below sea level. The west slope of the mountain is in Sequoia National Park and the summit is the southern terminus of the John Muir Trail which runs 211.9mi from Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley. The east slope is in the Inyo National Forest in Inyo County.GeographyThe summit of Whitney is on the Sierra Crest and near many of the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada. The peak rises or just over two miles above the town of Lone Pine 15 miles to the east, in the Owens Valley.The peak dramatically rises above the floor of the Owens Valley. It rises more gradually on the west side, sitting only about above the John Muir Trail at Guitar Lake. The mountain is partially dome-shaped, with its famously jagged ridges extending to the sides.
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  • This is a popular Mountian to summit as it is the highest in the lower 48 states! So, we attempted to hike up to the summit in May for one day, but wasn't successful. Started our hike at 3:30 am and j...  more »
  • There wasn't much out there about hiking this trail apart from tales of woe on the difficulty and danger of the hike in general. Make no mistake, this trail is very technical, tough and can certainly ...  more »
  • It is amazing that one can get up to 14,500 ft in reasonable temperatures. I am used to hauling up all the winter gear on climbs and it was a nice change not having to do that. As usual, we camped at ...  more »