Mount Whitney, located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, has an elevation of 14,505 feet (4,421 m) and is located in the Sequoia National Park. It is the centerpiece of the John Muir Wilderness and is a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.
On August 18, 1873, Charles Begole, A. H. Johnson, and John Lucas, all from nearby Lone Pine, became the first to reach the contiguous United States' highest summit. The peak was named after Josiah Whitney, the State Geologist of California.
The trail to the summit of Mount Whitney is considered one of the most challenging and rewarding hikes in the United States. It is 11 miles long with an elevation gain of 6,100 feet.
The summit of Mount Whitney offers stunning views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is also home to a variety of wildlife, including pikas, yellow-bellied marmots, black bears, and golden-mantled ground squirrels. There is also a wide variety of flora, including the giant sequoia trees.
Mount Whitney is a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. It is a beautiful and majestic mountain that offers breathtaking views and an unforgettable experience.
There's a hiking trail (T1) called John Muir Trail leading to the summit. Mount Whitney is one of the 5 peaks along the multi-day John Muir Trail.
By elevation Mount Whitney is
# 25 out of 91437 in USA # 1 out of 7926 in California # 1 out of 120 in Sequoia National Park # 1 out of 349 in Tulare County # 1 out of 258 in Inyo County # 1 out of 205 in John Muir Wilderness # 1 out of 2492 in the Sierra Nevada
By prominence Mount Whitney is
# 9 out of 91437 in USA # 1 out of 7926 in California # 1 out of 120 in Sequoia National Park # 1 out of 349 in Tulare County # 1 out of 258 in Inyo County # 1 out of 205 in John Muir Wilderness # 1 out of 2492 in the Sierra Nevada
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