Mount Whitney In One Day

Here's the view of Mount Whitney from the town of Lone Pine.
This photo was taken about 7:40 a.m. the day before the hike as we headed out to get our permit.
After snagging that all-important piece of paper we headed out for a warm-up hike on the nearby Meysan Lakes trail (another post when I get around to it).

We woke up at 3:00 a.m. on the day of the hike and hit the trail at 4:05 a.m.
Head lamps were necessary but the trail was well marked and easy to follow.
The weather was perfect, actually warm enough to wear shorts and just a light hiking shirt over my t-shirt.

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It's an hour into the hike, 5:04 a.m. and the horizon is just starting to lighten.

By 5:11 a.m. the horizon was quite a bit lighter and it was almost light enough to turn off the head lamps.

By 5:37 a.m. it was light enough to easily find our way without the head lamps.