View from the Mount Whitney Trail
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Mount Whitney Trail

10.4 miles • California High Sierra Range

At an elevation of 14505 feet (4421 m), Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental United States. The Mount Whitney Trail, starting at the Whitney Portal, is the most popular route to the summit, and travels for 10.4 miles (16.7 km) with an elevation gain over 6000 feet (1820 m). It lies on the boundary of Sequoia National Park and Inyo National Forest. Hikers come from all over the world to experience this permitted summit hike and its commanding panoramic views of the surrounding area. Thru-hikers and day-hikers should be aware of the effects that a hike can have on those not accustomed to the high altitude.

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10.4 mi (16.7 km)
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Mount Whitney Trail Map

A map of the Mt. Whitney Trail.
A map of the Mt. Whitney Trail.
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The Western Hiker Special (also known as the Super Hiker Special) includes the entire Pacific Crest Trail + John Muir Trail + Tahoe Rim Trail + Wonderland Trail + Lost Coast Trail + Whitney Trail: a 33% savings over buying the sections separately.

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The Mount Whitney Trail is a 10.4-mile trail that leads to the highest point in the “lower 48” states of the contiguous United States. The trail starts at Whitney Portal and finishes at the summit of Mount Whitney.

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