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Whitney Portal

Trail connects the Mt. Whitney Trailhead to the Lone Pine Campground at the bottom of the canyon.

photo: The Whitney Portal is 13 miles west of Lone Pine, CA, at the end of Whitney Portal Road. It is in a heavily wooded canyon, with. Photo by inkknife_2000.

Length: 3.90 miles
Loop Trail? No
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Rural, Lone Pine Campground, Whitney Portal Road.
State(s): California
Counties: Inyo
Longitude: -118.2348
Latitude: 36.589

Driving Directions

From Lone Pine on Hwy 395 take Whitney Portal road 12 miles to Whitney Portal (or in 8 miles to Lone Pine campground)

Description

Outstanding views of Mount Whitney (the highest peak in the continental United States) and the eastern Sierra escarpment, Lone Pine Creek, the Alabama Hills, and the White and Inyo Mountains are the key features of the Whitney Portal National Recreation Trail. The trail begins in the Lone Pine Campground at 5,900 feet elevation in the Great Basin Desert and climbs four miles along the south rim of Lone Pine Creek to Whitney Portal at 8,400 feet elevation in the sub-alpine zone of the Sierra Nevada.

The lower portion of the trail is open year-round. Although it can be hot on summer days, it offers an impressive wildflower display in the spring. The upper trail segment receives winter snow but provides a pleasant walk through a forested stream canyon the rest of the year. The Whitney Portal Road is closed due to snow in the winter, which restricts access to the upper trailhead. Unlike the trail that leads from Whitney Portal to Mt. Whitney, there are no use quotas established for the National Recreation Trail, which allows visitors to experience this area without a permit. The Lone Pine Campground provides an excellent spot to base camp and hike this scenic trail.

Additional Details

Width: 30 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1979

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Martin Hornick
Forest Trail Coordinator
Inyo National Forest
873 North Main St.
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-2461

 

Photos

The Whitney Portal is 13 miles west of Lone Pine, CA, at the end of Whitney Portal Road. It is in a heavily wooded canyon, with. Photo by inkknife_2000.

The Whitney Portal is 13 miles west of Lone Pine, CA, at the end of Whitney Portal Road. It is in a heavily wooded canyon, with. Photo by inkknife_2000.

Mount Whitney Trailhead. Photo by daveynin.

Mount Whitney Trailhead. Photo by daveynin.

 

Mount Whitney Trailhead. Photo by daveynin.

Mount Whitney Trailhead. Photo by daveynin.

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