Mount Whitney - Mountaineers Route
ElevationAscent: 15' 4 m
Descent: -4,949' -1,508 m
High: 14,164' 4,317 m
Low: 9,230' 2,813 m
GradeAvg Slope: 30% (17°)
Max Slope: 145% (55°)
“Very moderate terrain after the Mountaineers Couloir.”— Oliver Kaltenbrunner
With sufficient snow, it is possible to avoid the long flat traverse at 12,200-12,300 ft elevation with a short ascent from the Iceberg Lake bowl east before dropping to the traverse. This short section is steep and only recommended when scoped on the ascent for sufficient cover. A second flat area at Lower Boy Scout Lake can be avoided by skirting south around the lake back to the outlet. Skiing ends at about 9200ft when the trail enters dense trees.
The Mountaineers couloir is about 35°, the north face above the notch is significantly steeper.
Best time: March and April.
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Land Manager: USFS - Inyo National Forest Office