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Mount Whitney, California

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When we arrived at the base of California's highest peak called Mount Whitney, Winter storm Carter caused the pass up the mountain to shut down.
After just visiting Death Valley, the hottest place on earth and walking Badwater Basin, the lowest elevation in North America, we really wanted to add the highest mountain in the State of California to the list.
Bummer...maybe we will try it in the Spring again.
Mt Whitney Trail starts in Inyo National Forest at Whitney Portal, 8,300 feet above sea level. The trail gains over 6,200 feet of elevation before reaching the summit in Sequoia National Park. The summit of Mt. Whitney is the southern end of the John Muir Trail.
We drove as close as we could, just to see if there is a way. We heard of a rescue that took place when the storm approached , which called for an immediate closure of Mount Whitney. A8DE19BA9F973A7AC7677050CA0E0482.jpg A8DD8ED00A0EFA3DAE398FF853E732F7.jpg
The next morning the sky was a beautiful blue and the sun shining. With the sun's ray warming me up, I would have never guessed that it was 32 degrees. It felt much warmer. A8D80FD4BC4510C8765947FE42DC7FBD.jpg 20181130_151646.jpg 90_20181130_151652.jpg
We really wanted to see some snow and took the Jeep to a campground that is nestled right into the foothills of the mountain. There we spotted a very bouncy dirt road and followed it to the end. There we finally got our snow.

Posted by Meike Carter 11:14

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