Intermediate

Rising to 14,494 feet, Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states and the crown jewel of California's Sierra Nevada.

Climbing Mt. Whitney lets you experience one of America's most beautiful alpine settings with high lakes, meadows, and superb granite. For those who enjoy scrambling, the Mountaineers Route is the route of choice. While it is rated Class 3, which is considered to be non-technical, the climb offers the challenge of both altitude and endurance. We first backpack to the picturesque Iceberg Lake which is surrounded by peaks over 14,000 feet. Then our route takes us over moderate snow & ice in the early season and over 3rd class rock in mid and later season.

Following a long classic couloir ascent, we make a very photogenic traverse to the north. This upper part of the routes gives moderate exposure and wonderful views of the dramatic faces of nearby Mt. Russell. The final climb to the summit is fittingly dramatic for highest peak in the lower 48 states.