Located at the base of Mt. Whitney, the highest point
in the contiguous United States and home to the Lone
Pine Film Festival, each October, this small, high
desert community has much to offer. There are great
adventures awaiting the outdoor enthusiast, so let's
begin with the greatest of them all...
The air is thin at 14,496 feet above sea level.
Getting to the top of Mt. Whitney is no walk in
the park and doing it in one day is even
tougher. But the summit oh, what a vantage
point. You'll feel the euphoria of standing on
top of the world. And to think that Death Valley
bottom of the world is almost within
Climbing Mt. Whitney isn't just
about getting to the top. The ascent is a stunning
journey, a curious climb from the desert floor,
through the wooded Whitney Portal, and then on
towards alpine meadows, crystal-clear ponds, and
hidden wildlife. You will experience the first
cold blues of morning as you trek through a quiet
forested area where you can literally hear nature
wake as the sun's first warm rays hit your back.
The Whitney trail is surprising
accessible. It's extremeley well maintained
10,000 hikers a year have paved a safe and clear
trail. There's no need for cables or ropes, anywhere
on the hike.
It's just really steep and challenging
for most hikers. But, oh SO worth it