Whitney Portal Road

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Whitney Portal Road connects Lone Pine to Whitney Portal (the Whitney Portal Store is at the Portal, and the store is open in the summer). The road is closed in the winter, meaning it is not maintained or cleared of snow. However, it is not physically barred and climbers routinely drive as far as conditions will allow. We've taken many club trips here in winter, so have seen all kinds of conditions. Usually you can drive at least to the giant hairpin turn (labeled in the map), but sometimes you can drive all the way to the trailhead. In March 2010, we saw a medium sized avalanche that had crossed the road just after the hairpin turn.

If you want to obey the road closure and walk, you have two options: walk along the road, or take a trail up the canyon. Can anyone add details about the trail? <googlemap version="0.9" lat="36.590722" lon="-118.210144" type="terrain" zoom="11"> 36.587391, -118.239059 Trailhead (end of road) and Whitney Portal Store 36.596488, -118.202667 In winter, the road is officially closed around this location. 36.604619, -118.214941 In early spring, this is a typical place where you can drive to (after here, too much snow on the road). 6#B2758BC5 36.604849, -118.062987 36.602954, -118.069038 36.601817, -118.072257 36.60161, -118.079252 36.600714, -118.083887 36.600818, -118.086119 36.598716, -118.088436 36.598268, -118.092813 36.595098, -118.101654 36.595718, -118.10998 36.593961, -118.122768 36.593996, -118.129034 36.593927, -118.143454 36.595236, -118.160148 36.597235, -118.177958 36.59944, -118.185081 36.598923, -118.187399 36.600163, -118.193192 36.598647, -118.200016 36.596029, -118.206925 36.597028, -118.208685 36.598992, -118.21156 36.6013, -118.214092 36.605228, -118.215981 36.601059, -118.21641 36.595891, -118.213148 36.594478, -118.216925 36.591653, -118.22319 36.589551, -118.229585 36.588104, -118.234348 36.588276, -118.234949 36.589206, -118.234177 36.588207, -118.23864 </googlemap>

See Also

A lot of good information available on the Whitney Portal Store forums which are very active