Mount Whitney, California

Not for the novice hiker, Mount Whitney is the highest summit in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet. Most people attempt the ascent between July and October, when the trail is relatively free of ice and snow. Come prepared with a down jacket, as temperatures in the higher elevation can become quite cold—even in the summertime. Also be aware that altitude sickness affects many people, so if you start to feel ill, descend to a lower elevation immediately.

Fitness Level: Difficult

Total Distance: 22 miles

Nearest Town: Lone Pine, CA

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