Mt. 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 4421m. It is on the boundary between California's Inyo and Tulare counties, west-northwest of the lowest point in North America at Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park at 282ft 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 Mount Whitney is on the Sierra Crest and the Great Basin Divide. It lies near many of the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada. The peak rises dramatically above the Owens Valley, sitting or just over two miles above the town of Lone Pine 15 miles to the east, in the Owens Valley. It rises more gradually on the west side, lying only about above the John Muir Trail at Guitar Lake.
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  • Highest peak in the lower 48 states. Can't snag a permit to hike it then drive up to Whitney Portal. Have a look around or hike part way up. Be sure to eat at the Portal store you will be surprised!  more »
  • Running Mt. Whitney has been on my bucket list for over two years. Towering at 14,508 ft (4,420 meters), Mt. Whitney is the highest summit in the contiguous United States. This must be on your bucket ...  more »
  • We were in Lone Pine (Eastern Sierra Side) of the Mountains. One can drive up to Whitney Portal to do the hike to top of Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental United States (Alaska has ...  more »
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  • One of my favorite hikes of all time. Simply stunning! A very long, yet extremely nice trail! Pictures are from a few years ago during the month of September.
  • So I have not been here in like more than 10 years but I miss it. The wide open spaces, the fresh air. I miss going camping most of all. I love the breath taking scenery. If I could I would go just for the view alone. Its one of the most beautiful places that I've ever been to. The views are literally breath taking.
  • This is one of the best hikes in the US if you enjoy a long out and back trip to the top of the continental US! These mountains are very different than what is in Colorado. The trail is very well maintained. We started at about 1100p, summited around 1000 and returned back to portal at 500p. Well worth it! I used trail runners, not bad...toward the end I felt every bump and rock. Start early, enjoy the views, and make sure to pack plenty of food. Lots of places to pickup water along the way. We filtered, but some of the more seasoned locals suggested filtering wasn’t needed...take that at your own risk. Enjoy Whitney! I can’t wait to do it again!!!
  • Everything about visiting Mt. Whitney is worth remembering. From the North, the drive down 395 is beautiful as you see the incredible view of the Eastern Sierras. From Lone Pine, the drive up to the Whitney Portal campground is like an escalator into the mountains - up, up, and up some more. The Whitney Portal campground is a great base camp for day hikes in the general area and the right place to stay if you have a permit to climb Mt. Whitney. Climbing Mt. Whitney is about waking up in the dark, hitting the trail in the dark, watching the sun rise as you hike and all the while going up. It's a great trail and a tremendous experience as you gradually make your way towards the peak. Be fit. Be prepared. Stay hydrated. If you like music a great playlist will help you up the switchbacks. Bring a fresh pair of socks and change them at the top. This is one of America's greatest hikes (IMHO). Do it!
  • An awesome trip....with no experience in hiking...took me approx 12 hrs up and 8 hrs down....total 20 hrs..a few blisters on my feet but the experience was worth it. For experienced hiker it will take 16 hrs...
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