Mt.Whitney from Cottonwood Lakes

Total Days: 5
Total Ascent: 8500 ft
Total Distance: 42 Miles

This is a very brief trip description. I am typing this about 2 months after the trip, so my memory of where I stayed each night is gone. But a basic description and included route should be good enough for a fellow backpacker to try.

Whitney

After two years of getting horrible draw dates for Whitney, we decided to just do a trip form the backside as they are easier to get permits for. Our trip began by dropping off one our cars at Whitney Portal, than driving over to Horseshoe Meadow Campground. From there we hiked in about 5 miles and posted camp for the evening. Continued our adventure to Cottonwood Lakes to spend most of the day. Caught some really nice Golden Trout in the lakes that I promptly released.

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After Cottonwood Lakes begun our ascent up New Army Pass.

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Soldier Lake was the next destination.
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We soon got near the backside of Whitney and it began to look a little overwhelming.

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The scenery was the best right before the steep ascent up the backside.

Timberline Lake

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Guitar Lake and the various others

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Looking down from the Muir Trail

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Final trail to the top after we dropped out packs at the intersection.

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Owens Valley

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It was cloudy at the peak and actually started to hail so we quickly headed back down after a couple of pics.

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Looking out towards Kern Canyon
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Back down the front side.

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