AAA Editor Notes
Mount Whitney, 13 mi. w. on W. Whitney Portal Rd., rises to 14,494 feet, making it the highest mountain in the lower 48 states. The summit is 11 miles by a strenuous trail from the end of Whitney Portal Road (elevation 8,360 ft.). Wilderness permits are required year-round.
Day- and overnight-use quotas are in effect May through October; November-April wilderness permits are available at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, at US 395 and SR 136.
Camping is permitted.