Day Hike of Mt Whitney – Highest Mountain in United States

posted by Russ, September 9 in outside with tags , , , ,


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Well, at around 14,500 feet, Mt Whitney is not technically the highest mountain in the United States, however it is the highest in the lower 48 states. If you have browsed this site at all, you will have seen on my inspiration page I say that “nothing helps your inspiration more than getting outside, breathing some fresh air, planting your feet firmly on the ground, and being amazed by nature.” As an avid hiker who has now climbed Mt Whitney, I can certainly attest to that.

I want to share with you my experience of successfully day hiking Mount Whitney about a month ago. It was an amazing and exhausting experience, and the scenery was breathtaking and certainly inspiring. The entire hike was around 22 miles with an overall elevation gain of over 6000 feet, and took about 18 hours, which included breaks to eat and rest.

Last year I didn’t quite summit, however this year I did. This photo is what it looks like at the summit.

View from Mount Whitney Summit – Looking south

More photos:

From Trail Crest looking west
Near Lone Pine Lake
Descending from Mt Whitney summit

Read my full write up and see all photos

Originally posted on Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 at 11:16 PM .

3 Responses to “Day Hike of Mt Whitney – Highest Mountain in United States”

  1. Dara says:

    I’m going back to Kilimanjaro to try to summit in 2012. Last time I had to turn around at 16,500 ft- that part was disappointing but it was still an amazing experience!

    • Russ says:

      Good luck on your next attempt, I can’t imagine what it’s like at 19,000 feet or even 16,000. What an experience!

  2. Incredible… that’s quite in depth, with thanks.

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