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Mt. Whitney is at the elevation of 14,497. It is the tallest peak in the contiguous forty eight states and this countries beautiful natural masterpiece. It was first climbed in 1873 and was called previously Fishermen?s Peak. It was rename later after Josiah Whitney who investigated it to be the tallest in the country according to his 1864 geologic survey. A trail called the Portal is the entrance to the hiking trail 10.7 miles that leads to the top of Mount Whitney. The center is open 7 days a week from 8am-6pm in summer and 8am-5pm in winter. They say it takes only one day, but most take 2-3 day to hike it and make sure you check with the rangers on what the rules are and what to take with you. One thing I am certain is, you pack everything in and everything out, and that includes your waste. Yeah, I am not kidding. They have kits you can get with the park rangers. Turns out the soil cannot handle waste deposits because of the granite in the soil cannot absorb that type of content properly. So many people visit here every year for its year around beauty so that means disaster for the environment.

Here is a great book with lots of informationHiking Mt.Whitney Trails

Directions: Off of US Highway 395 is most easily accessed by the Whitney Portal Trailhead (8,365 ft), 13 miles east of town.
Phone: 760-873-2400
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/inyo/recreation/wild/traillarge.shtml

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 13, 2008
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