Mount Whitney

Fundraising Goal: $3,500
Guide: SWS Mountain Guides
Route: Mountaineer’s Route
Difficulty: moderate, rock and snow
Rope Team: 4 climbers, 1 guide


Day 1: Arrive at the city park in Lone Pine, CA for bag check and to divide group gear.

Day 2: Meet at the Mount Whitney trailhead at 7 a.m. and hike to basecamp at Upper Boyscout Lake (11,000 feet). The afternoon will be spent acclimating and practicing mountaineering basics (ice axe and crampon use).

Day 3: Departing at 3 a.m., you’ll put your new skills into practice as you summit Mount Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route (John Muir Route) and return to our high camp.

Day 4: Hike out to Whitney Portal.

The Climb

Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states. The  Mountaineer’s Route is historic and was was first climbed by John Muir, known mostly for his tireless efforts to preserve Yosemite Valley, at a time when popular wisdom held that the steep east face of the peak would never be climbed. Climbers will scramble up remarkable granite ledges, alongside the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek on the way to basecamp beside a crystal-clear alpine lake at the base of the Whitney Massif.

Mount Whitney is considered a year-round mountain, but its most popular alpine route, the Mountaineer’s Route, is generally attempted in the spring and summer. During this time of year temperatures can range anywhere from 30 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and snow conditions vary from year to year.


Climbers should plan to arrange their own transportation to and from the mountain. Bay Area Wilderness Training will assist in organizing carpools to and from the airport. Additional information will be available in your Orientation Packet and at the pre-trip meeting.


Camping is available at the Whitney Portal campground, near the trailhead.

Whitney Portal Hostel and Hotel is also available. There are a limited number of rooms that can accommodate two to ten people, as well as male and female dormitory-style accommodations. For reservations, call (760) 876-0030.

Nearest Airports

  • Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

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