Mount Whitney and Mount Muir*

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August 31, 2004

Outline and Background

My yearly quick dayhike of Mount Whitney, done at the same time as a group of CHAOTs who shared my campsite. They left much earlier than me, and after I passed them near Lone Pine Lake, they had altitude/knee issues and did not summit...however, they made the notable benchmark of Trail Crest at 13,777'. Map(s) of perambulations below.


I made a leisurely start, hitting the trail at 6am, just before sunrise and moonset. After stopping for water at Talus Spring, I got to Trail Pass at 920, stopped for some snacks, and got to the summit about 10:15. Left the summit around 11am, almost summitted Mt. Muir at noon (didn't have shoes I was secure with climbing the last 20 feet to the top, and was back at the trailhead at 3:10pm

Next year, I think I will try to drop my "up" time to under 4 hours...I think this is fairly possible, given I had over 15 minutes of messing around time on the way up, and the weight penalty from carrying my water the whole way is less than the excess weight I had in my pack (too much food and gear). This, of course, requires that my knees are in good shape. Also, I have a pair of shoes I am much more comfortable on rock with, and they seem to be OK on long fast hikes...So, health willing, next year will may include Keeler Needle and Mt. Muir. If it happens, I'd like to do the Mountaineer's Route, with someone who knows it. As of 4/05, I have permits and campsite for Monday, August 29th, 2005.

Summary and Technical Details

21.4 miles of generally good trail, with approximately 6500 feet of ascent. Plus 0.2 miles and 260 feet of ascent for the side trip up Mount Muir. Bunnyhike Rating: (21.6 x 2.7) = 58 + 68 + 0cc = 126.

Weather and Conditions

Clear and cool.


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1:65K topo
Map with route
Detail map (625 x 454, 81K) - Fine detail map (1110 x 758, 234K)

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