Mount Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3.5-5h
Distance
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10.5 km
Elevation
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572 m
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Mount Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake Trail

Considered to be a more challenging route, the Mount Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake Trail is ideal for more experienced hikers. Traversing beautiful terrain with gorgeous views, many do the Mount Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake Trail as a warm up route before attempting to summit Mount Whitney itself.

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Route Description for Mount Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake Trail

A fairly long route with a notable amount of elevation gain, the Mount Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake Trail is likely not appropriate for beginner hikers or families with children. We recommend bringing extra layers of clothing with you, as the higher elevations can get rather cold and uncomfortable if you are not prepared. Likewise, make sure you bring plenty of water, and wear both sunscreen and a hat.

Having arrived at the trailhead, follow the Mount Whitney Trail north. After a few hundred feet, the trail will veer sharply to the west, and begin to incline in elevation. The Mount Whitney Trail will cross the North Fork Lone Pine Creek before heading to the south. Here, the elevation begins to incline more severely, making the route more physically demanding.

Continuing on along the Mount Whitney Trail, the path will then turn into a series of switchbacks. Having inclined the majority of the elevation along the route, the switchbacks will end, and the path will cross one last creek before reaching a plateau. At the plateau, beautiful Lone Pine Lake will be visible. After taking the opportunity to enjoy the incredible sightlines, backtrack your steps towards the trailhead, and your waiting vehicle.

Getting to the Mount Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Mount Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake Trail is located at a parking lot off of Whitney Portal Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Mt. Whitney Trailhead Campground

  • When to do

    June-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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