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Looking for first, recent weather hit the mountain affecting the trail? Been up on Whitney (didn't summit) and saw lots of folks doing it as a "day hike". Like to hear from anyone that has done that. Total trail length, time it took etc...

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All this info is readily available on the Inyo NF page, plus the Whitney Forums.

It'll take allllllllll day - 22 miles round trip with tons of gain, and this is the wrong time of year to do it if you're not prepared for weather. At any time the high country can get lightning and snow, and the chances of that increase radically in October - December. Most day hikers start before sunup and many get back late evening - as the days get shorter you can expect to be out in the dark for a good part of the hike.

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FAR nicer as an overnighter.

Even better as an exit route with a start at another nearby TH. That country is far too nice to just jog through in a haze of knee pain and exhaustion.
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FAR nicer as an overnighter.

Even better as an exit route with a start at another nearby TH. That country is far too nice to just jog through in a haze of knee pain and exhaustion.

I would agree with this.

I have been up Mt. Whitney a few times over the years.  I always did over-nighters.  It seemed like the majority of the day hikers I've seen were pretty miserable by the end of the trail.

I guess the altitude, the 22 miles, and the 6000' of elevation gain and loss is just too much of a good thing for many day hikers.  And I would include myself in that group.
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Well, I'm doing 14-16 miles this weekend, with about 4000 feet of gain and a bunch of cross country scree and talus - I don't expect to be in pain at the end - but I tend to hike 6 - 30 miles per weekend. I have some good shoes that work and some good strong legs, and I know from long experience that the elevation of 11,000 feet is not going to do more than make me a bit more winded than usual.

I'm going with folks who routinely day hike 20 - 30 miles per day. I expect I won't be able to keep up with them unless they slow down.... They went to Langley at a leisurely pace not so long ago and had sunlight to spare.

But unlike them, I'd do Whitney in two days. My buddies probably wouldn't blink at it - unless you're in that category of "crazy day hiker/peak bagger", Whitney is a lot to bite off in a single day.


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Can you do a fast walk of 22 miles 'on the flat'?  Then at the end of it, turn around and see how far you can make it back.  That extra bit could represent the altitude differential and the extra pounding things below your belly button take on the 11 mile down hill.  Leave very very early.

You will need a lot of water and extra batteries in your pocket for a head lamp

I agree with HSF, that is way to pretty an area to toss off in one day.  BUT, if it is on your 'bucket list' of things to do, and you feel capable and well prepared, Go for it.  It is as good a personal goal as most people will get.


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