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North Fork Lone Pine Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
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This is the approach from Whitney Portal to the Mountaineer's Route!


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3.2

Miles

5.1

KM

Point to Point

12,618' 3,846 m

High

8,817' 2,688 m

Low

3,801' 1,159 m

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23%

Avg Grade (13°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

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Features Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This is a great route approaching Mt Whitney and giving access to the Mountaineer's Route. The trail is usually done in about three days, though more time can be taken to acclimate to the elevation. This trail skirts the crowds of the Mt. Whitney Trail in favor of a more technical, but more rewarding approach.

The trail begins sharing the Mt. Whitney Trail, then cuts off to the north at the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek. This is where the steep terrain begins. The first technical challenge is the Ebersbacher Ledges. I recommend helmets for falling rock, as well as time spent studying a guide book as to where you first climb on to the ledges. Continue on along the trail, and camp at either Upper Boy Scout, or Iceberg Lake. The further you make it the first day the smaller your task on summit day, if you summit, or the more you'll get to enjoy before your way back down.

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Daniel Birdwell

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Hiking up Mt. Whitney brings a hearty challenge but a beautiful reward.
May 5, 2017 near Lone Pine, CA
Approaching Mount Whitney
Jul 19, 2018 near Lone Pine, CA
Looking back down towards Lower Boy Scout Lake.
Jul 19, 2018 near Lone Pine, CA
Mt Whitney from the North Fork Lone Pine Creek Trail.
Apr 7, 2016 near Lone Pine, CA
Mt Whitney from Iceberg Lake.
Apr 7, 2016 near Lone Pine, CA
Owens Valley from above Upper Boyscout Lake.
Apr 7, 2016 near Lone Pine, CA

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