"Whitney Trail - Trail Crest" Whitney Portal Things to Do Tip by Hopkid

Whitney Portal Things to Do: 12 reviews and 29 photos

  Looking back down the Eastern Sierras
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  • Looking back down the Eastern Sierras - Whitney Portal
      Looking back down the Eastern Sierras
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  • Looking west into Sequoia National Park - Whitney Portal
      Looking west into Sequoia National Park
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  • Rita starting on the last 2-mile segment - Whitney Portal
      Rita starting on the last 2-mile segment
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After surviving the 99 or so switchbacks, you reach a ridge known as Trail Crest. This ridge divides the wilderness between the Inyo National Forest (from which you just came) and Sequoia National Park (on the other side of the ridge and where the rest of the trail is located). The view into Sequoia is breathtaking. Elevation here is 13,600 feet. Still 800 feet of climbing to go and over 2 miles of hiking on a mostly nasty rocky trail.

WARNING: Folks who are extremely afraid of heights may have a bit of trouble at this point because of the major drop offs on either side of Trail Crest. Personally, I am afraid of heights but had no problems here. And be comforted in the fact that the trail is plenty wide here to accomodate you if not actually contain you (no railings!).

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  • Updated Mar 5, 2008
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