Lone Pine Campground to Whitney Portal Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3.5-5h
Distance
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10.6 km
Elevation
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660 m
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The Lone Pine Campground to Whitney Portal Trail boasts incredible views of the surrounding landscape. Sightlines of the imposing mountains of the eastern Sierra Nevada range can be enjoyed throughout the route's duration as the pathway takes you alongside charming Lone Pine Creek.

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Route Description for Lone Pine Campground to Whitney Portal Trail

As the Lone Pine Campground to Whitney Portal Trail is within the high alpine environment of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain range, it is important that you monitor yourself and your group members for the effects of altitude sickness. Ensure you are drinking lots of water and eating throughout the route, as the high altitude will likely make the route more physically challenging than it otherwise would be.

Having left your vehicle at Lone Pine Campground, follow the Whitney Portal Trail as it makes its way west. You will soon arrive at a junction within the trail; stay on Whitney Portal Trail by taking the westernmost pathway. After the first junction, the incline will begin to increase steadily before the pathway delivers you to another junction within the trail.

At the second junction, continue on along Whitney Portal Trail by once again following the westernmost pathway towards the steep terrain in the foreground. The Lone Pine Campground to Whitney Portal Trail will then begin to incline in elevation more rapidly and the pathway will turn into a series of switchbacks. Having completed the switchback section, the route will traverse a hillside adjacent to Lone Pine Creek. You will soon arrive at Whitney Portal Family Campground, where you should take some time to rest and enjoy the views before backtracking your steps towards the trailhead.

Getting to the Lone Pine Campground to Whitney Portal Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Lone Pine Campground to WHitney Portal Trail is located at Lone Pine Campground.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Lone Pine Campground

  • When to do

    June-October

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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