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(Photo courtesy of Doug Santo of flickr)


Whitney Portal Road Construction and Mt. Whitney Trail


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See USE NOTICE on Home Page.

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Whitney Portal Road Construction
(Photographs and text this section courtesy of Rich McCutchan from the July 1991 issue of The Album unless otherwise indicated)


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Summer 1933 - tent camp established at the site of the present Lone Pine Campground for the Civilian Conservation Corps Company 2921


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Building the Whitney Portal Road


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Whitney Portal road terrain during road construction.

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Fresno scraper use in the construction of the Whitney Portal Road construction.

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Civilian Conservation Corps (about 200 folks) - circa 1930s - enlisted to construct the Whitney Portal Road
(Photo courtesy Inyo County Sesquencentennial)
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Construction of the Whitney Portal Road - 1930s
(Photo courtesy Inyo County Sesquencentennial)
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Whitney Portal Road - circa 1930s
(Photo courtesy Inyo County Sesquencentennial)
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Civilian Conservation Corps "Dollar a Day Boys" singing group.
(Photo courtesy Inyo County Sesquencentennial)

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Construction of the Whitney Portal Road
by Emilie Martin


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(Photos / fotocards / and text this section courtesy of Rich McCutchan from the July 1991 issue of The Album unless otherwise indicated)

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A rough dirt road winds its way up the steep hillside with Owens Valley in the background


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By 1936 four barracks, a mess hall, a library and an officer quarters were constructed at the site of the present Lone Pine Campground. Approximately 200 workers were housed at the camp. Their major work project was construction of the Whitney Portal Road and improvement of the trail to the 14,495' summit of Mount Whitney.

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By 1936 four barracks, a mess hall, a library and an officer quarters were constructed at the site of the present Lone Pine Campground. Approximately 200 workers were housed at the camp. Their major work project was construction of the Whitney Portal Road and improvement of the trail to the 14,495' summit of Mount Whitney.


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Forest Service personnel surveying work done by the CCC on the Whitney Portal Road.

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Dedication of the completion of the Whitney Portal Road - 1936

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Dedication of the completion of the Whitney Portal Road - 1936

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Winter rockslide on the Whitney Portal Road - 2017
(CHP - Bishop photo)

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Winter rockslide on the Whitney Portal Road - 2017
(CHP - Bishop photo)

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Clearing a winter rockslide on the Whitney Portal Road - 2017
(CHP - Bishop photo)

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Winter rockslide on the Whitney Portal Road - 2017
(CHP - Bishop photo)

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Winter rockslide CLEARED on the Whitney Portal Road - 2017
(CHP - Bishop photo)

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Winter rockslide on the Whitney Portal Road - 2017
(CHP - Bishop photo)

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Winter rockslide on the Whitney Portal Road - 2017
(CHP - Bishop photo)

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Whitney Portal Road
(Photo courtesy Ray DeLea - 2015)

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Whitney Portal Road

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Whitney Portal Road

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Whitney Portal Road

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Whitney Portal Road

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Bruce Morgan on the Mt. Whitney trail with Consultation Lake in the background.

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PACK TRAIL IS BUILT TO TOP OF MOUNT WHITNEY

Ranchers of Lone Pine, Inyo County, Complete Difficult Task After Many Months of Labor
The San Francisco Call - 31 July 1904

A pack trail to the summit of Mount Whitney has been constructed. Three mules and a saddle horse have made the ascent to demonstrate the practicability of travel over the new path. The people of Inyo County are now awaiting tourists.

Mount Whitney is the highest point in the United States. The top is exactly 14,515 feet above the sea level, according to the computations of Professor McAdie of the Weather Bureau. The ranchers of Lone Pine commenced the construction of the pack trail several months ago. The work was completed July 18. McAdie received the news yesterday and is preparing to install apparatus on the summit.

The writer of the letter stated that Boyd Surby was struck by lightning at the very tp of the mountain on July 26, but McAdie says that prospective visitors to the lofty peak need not be alarmed on that account, for he intends to keep the electricity away from there in the future.

There is some talk of erecting an observatory on Mount Whitney with funds supplied to the Government by Andrew Carnegie.
BREAKS THE RECORD ON TRIP TO MOUNT WHITNEY
Ventura Man Travels From the Seashore to Summit in Four and a Half Days
The San Francisco Call - 10 August 1904
VENTURA, August 9. - J. P. Rasmussen of this city has just completed a remarkable trip to the summit of Mount Whitney. His time, four and half days from the seashore to the summit of the highest moutain in the United States, has never been equaled by any other human being.

Rasmussen left Ventura Wednesday evening by train, traveled from Mojave by stage and reached Lone Pine, Inyo County, at the foot of Mount Whitney, on Saturday. Early Sunday morning he was in the saddle ready for the trip to the summit

A new trail, shortening the distance to the summit by two days' travel, was completed that day, and Rasmussen camped on the trail at timber edge rthat night, 11,000 feet above sea level. Next day at noon he was on the mountain top, making the entire trip of several hundred miles by train, stage and horse in four and a half days.

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Mt. Whitney Trail



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1958 and 1967 USGS topographical map composite of Lone Pine & Mt. Whitney quadrangles - SCALE 1:62500

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Mt. Whitney Trail Sign at Whitney Portals

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The Sky Pilot (Polemonium) awaits those folks who make it to 12,000'
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Mt. Whitney and adjacent pinnacles
(Photo courtesy of willTrek)


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Whitney Portals waterfall - Lone Pine Creek
(Photo courtesy of Brian & Ashley's hiking blog)
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Mt. Whitney Portal Store - Whitney Portals, CA


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Leaving Whitney Portals on the 10.5 mile hike to the summit of Mt. Whitney
(Photo courtesy of brian03104's blog)

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Mt. Whitney Trail on the way from Whitney Portals to Lone Pine Lake.
(Photo courtesy of California Through My Lens)

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Mt. Whitney Trail on the way from Whitney Portals to Lone Pine Lake.
(Photo courtesy of We Go Round The World)

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Mt. Whitney Trail on the way from Whitney Portals to Lone Pine Lake.
(Photo courtesy A Thousand and One Miles Blogspot)


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Mt. Whitney Trail on the way from Whitney Portals to Lone Pine Lake.
(Photo courtesy of brian03104's blog)




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Lone Pine Lake
(Kyle Adams flickr photo)


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Lone Pine Lake trail sign.

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Bruce Morgan at Lone Pine Lake
(Union Pacific Railroad photo)



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Looking back towards Lone Pine Lake and Owens Valley.
(Photo courtesy of Escape Traveler)

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Mt. Whitney Trail leading into Outpost Camp
(Photo courtesy of California Through My Lens)

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Waterfall at the western end of Outpost Camp
(Photo courtesy of California Through My Lens)

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Mirror Lake

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Looking down on Outpost Camp heading towards Mirror Lake
(Photo courtesy of Kevin & Jess)

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Mirror Lake
(Photo courtesy of Ryan J. Hollister)

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Lower Boy Scout Lake area on the "mountaineers" route to Mt. Whitney
(Photo courtesy of Escape Traveler)

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Mirror Lake
(Photo courtesy of Brad Spiess - I Hike San Diego)
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Heading up the Mt. Whitney Trail away from Mirror Lake
(Photo courtesy of Brad Spiess - I Hike San Diego)

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Mt. Whitney Trail climbing away from Mirror Lake
(Photo courtesy of California Through My Lens)

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Mt. Whitney Trail heading towards 12,000' Trail Camp
(Photo courtesy of We Go Round The World)

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The "Trail of Rocks" from Mirror Lake heading to Trail Camp

(Photo courtesy of Escape Traveler)

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The "Trail of Rocks" from Mirror Lake heading to Trail Camp
(Photo courtesy of Escape Traveler)

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The "Trail of Rocks" from Mirror Lake heading to Trail Camp

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Mt. Whitney Trail at Trail Camp at 12,000'

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Trail Camp at 12,000'

(Photo courtesy of California Through My Lens)

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Night visions of Trail Camp
(Photo courtesy of Camp Trend)

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Trail Camp panorama.

(Photo courtesy of Brad Spiess - I Hike San Diego)

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Trail Camp panorama.

(Photo courtesy of Hiking Geek)

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Leaving Trail camp and heading towards the 99 switchbacks (left-center area of photo).
(YouTube video of hikers climbing the 99 switchbacks up the Mt. Whitney Trail) - be sure to expand this file on YouTube so you can really see the people.

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Looking up towards the section of the trail with the 99 switchbacks.
(Photo courtesy of Quiet Is The New Loud)

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Looking back at Trail Camp and Consultation Lake from the 99 switchbacks section of the Mt. Whitney Trail.
(Photo courtesy of The Mountaineering Review Blogspot)
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Mt. Whitney Trail at "weeping rock" at the start of the 99 switchback section of the trail on the way to Trail Crest.
(Photographer unknown)




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Mt. Whitney Trail at "weeping rock" at the start of the 99 switchback section of the trail on the way to Trail Crest.
(Photographer unknown)
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Mt. Whitney Trail at "weeping rock" on the 99 switchback section
of the trail on the way to Trail Crest.



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Looking back on some of the 99 switchbacks.

(Photo of Mr. and Mrs. Adventure)

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Looking on some of the 99 switchbacks, Trail Camp, and Consultation Lake.
(Photo of Cooking in Tongues)

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Nearing Trail Crest on the trek to the summit of Mt, Whitney
(Photo of Cooking in Tongues)


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Panorama from the 99 switchbacks of Consultation Lake, Trail Camp and Owens Valley.
(Photo courtesy of Hiking Geek)
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Horseback riders heading up to Mt. Whitney on the Mt. Whitney Trail - 1930
(Fotocard courtesy of Rich McCutchan Archives)

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Trail Crest on the Mt. Whitney Trail.
(Photo courtesy of summitpost)

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View of the 99 switchbacks area.
(Photo courtesy of SierraDescents)
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Whitney Trail going up the 99 switchbacks.
(photographer unknown)

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Trail Crest on the Mt. Whitney Trail - Photo courtesy Peter Burke

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Overhanging rocks (circled) at Trail Crest - a packer's nightmare come true1
Another view: A, B
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View east towards Mt. Hitchcock and Hitchcock Lakes from Trail Crest. Kaweah Mountains in the background and the Kern River Gorge.
(Photo courtesy of Panoramio - Elena S. Omelchenko) .


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Trail junction a few hundred feet from Trail Crest.

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Heading towards Mt. Whitney at the Crabtree Ranger Station trail junction.
(Photo of Cooking in Tongues)


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Crabtree Ranger Station trail junction on the Mt. Whitney Trail
(Photographer unknown)


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Whitney Trail going along the backside of the pinnacles.

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Hiking through the "snow towers (Penitentes)" on the Mt. Whitney trail on the back side of Mt. Whitney.
(Photo courtesy of Without Baggage)

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Looking back across the pinnacles on the trail to Mt. Whitney.
(Photo courtesy of Summit Post)

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Looking back across the pinnacles from near the summit of Mt. Whitney.

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"Snow towers (Penitentes)" on the Mt. Whitney trail.
(Photo courtesy of California Through My Lens)
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Smithsonian Hut on the summit of Mt. Whitney
(Photo courtesy of galleryhip)

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Smithsonian Hut on the summit of Mt. Whitney - 1909
(Smithsonian Institute Archives)

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Smithsonian Hut on the summit of Mt. Whitney - 1909
(Smithsonian Institute Archives)

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Marker on the summit of Mount Whitney.

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Smithsonian Hut on the summit of Mt. Whitney
(Photo courtesy of tr0mbley on flickr)


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Panoramic view from the summit of Mt. Whitney looking due south. Mt. Langley is in the near center left of the photo.
(Photo courtesy of My Trail Mixx)

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Panorama view south along the eastern backbone of the Sierra Nevada towards Mt. Langley (left) and Mt. Hitchcock and Hitchcock Lakes (right).
(Photo courtesy of Hiking Geek)

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