Not much from the guide book on this one…. I mean it has the highest mountain in the US at its end, what else needs to be said? Am I going to climb it? You bet! Are you going to climb it with me? I hope so!
The basic plan and goal is to watch the sunset and then rise the next morning. To make that happen, after hiking most of this section we will resupply in Lone Pine, the major access point for most people climbing Mt. Whitney, hichhike and hike back to the PCT train and continue on 10 more miles and make camp for the day. Then wake up, have a healthy breakfast and hike to the top of Mt. Whitney arriving some time in the evening to catch the sunset. There is a hut on top and if we’re lucky it will be unlocked and we can spend the night there otherwise we will find a place near by to set up camp so that we can watch the sunrise from the summit in the morning.
It would be so awesome to watch the sunset and rise again with as many of you as possible.
From The Guide Book
Near the end of this section PCT hikers reach the celebrated High Sierra, with its 14,491 foot Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Your journey there passes entirely within federally designated wilderness on the southern Sierra’s Kern Plateau, a land of meadows and mountains. Hikers in this nearly pristine country can enjoy the sinuous South Fork Kern River, included in the prestigious National Wild and Scenic Rivers System; sprawling Monache Meadows, the largest meadow in the Sierra; groves of high elevation, twisted, foxtail-pine trees; and vast lands of solitude where the only sounds are the serenades of nature.