Know Before You Go:
Come Prepared! Get in shape. Come early to acclimate to the high altitude. 22 miles to the summit and back, combined with the affects of high altitude make this a strenuous trip. Stay together as a group in case your friends need help. Bring adequate supplies of food, water and clothing, the weather can change very quickly.
Dispose of Waste Properly! All Mt. Whitney visitors must pack-out their solid human waste. Pack-out kits are distributed with wilderness permits. You must carry the waste bag back down the mountain to the poop disposal box at the trailhead. In addition, all visitors must pack-out all of their trash, food and gear.
Traveling in Bear Country! Historically, there has been a high level of bear activity in the Mt. Whitney area. From Memorial Day weekend through October 31, overnight visitors must store all food, food related trash and scented items in bear-proof containers. At the trailhead, all food and scented items must be removed from vehicles and stored in the bear proof lockers located in parking areas. Dispose of trash in bear proof trash receptacles at the trailhead.
Safety Is Your Responsibility! Wilderness travel involves an element of risk. Climbing Mt. Whitney is difficult and potentially dangerous. Every year visitors become sick or injured; some die. High elevation can add stress to pre-existing medical conditions as well as contribute to altitude related illnesses and severe electrolyte imbalances. You should be prepared for emergences.
USFS Webpage for: Mt. Whitney Trail