Location: Sequoya & King’s National Park, CA
Elevation: 14,495 ft.
Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the Lower 48 and a favorite for tourists in California’s Sierra Nevada Range. But don’t underestimate this hike for its popularity. Climbers often need ice axes and crampons through mid-summer. Go between July and October when the weather’s warm enough to avoid using technical equipment. Head to Whitney Portal—an unincorporated community 13 miles west of Lone Pine—and pick up the Mt. Whitney Trail, a 10.7-mile (one way) ascent along Lone Pine Creek. You’ll switch back up to the mountain’s crest and follow the ridge to the summit, gaining more than 6,100 feet in elevation from the trail head parking lot at 8,360 feet.
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