Mt. Whitney Zone- Day Use All Routes JM34.5MWZ


ICE and SNOW ALERT- Mountain elevations in this area traditionally have ice and snow until late June or early July.

Permit Availability

Trail/Zone Description

Day use can be by any route in the Mt Whitney Zone, for one day only. (midnight to midnight). A day use permit allows your choice of routes, including the Mt. Whitney trail and North Fork of Lone Pine Creek trail (access to climbing routes like Mountaineers Route, East Face and East Buttress and Mt Russell). Consecutive day use permits are not allowed. If a trip is more than one calendar date an Overnight permit is required. A day use permit cannot be used as part of an overnight trip to pass through the Mt Whitney Zone.

Know Before You Go:

Mt. Whitney Zone Map: Click Here

General Notes:
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 emergencies.

USFS Webpage for: Mt. Whitney Zone


Day Use is valid for all routes within the Mt. Whitney Zone.


A: Available for online reservation (click to book entry date)
L: Accepting Lottery Application (click to apply for the lottery)
W: Available at the Facility
R: Reserved
C: Closed
X: Not available
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