The North Fork Lone Pine Creek Trail is steep, rugged and difficult to follow. It provides access to Mt. Whitney's Mountaineers Route, East Face and East Buttress, as well as to Mt. Russell's Fish Hook Arête and East Ridge . The trail ends at Iceberg Lake, at an elevation of about 12,600 feet.
All Mt. Whitney visitors must pack-out their solid human waste. In 2010, Mt. Whitney visitors pack out over 6,800 lbs of human waste! Pack-out kits are distributed with wilderness permits. In addition, all visitors must pack-out all of their trash, food and equipment.
From Lone Pine, CA, travel 13 miles west on Whitney Portal Road. The Mt. Whitney trailhead is located on the north side of the road at Whitney Portal. From Whitney Portal, walk approximately 1 mile up the Mt. Whitney Trail, to North Fork Lone Pine Creek. The North Fork Trail begins at the creek crossing.
Parking is available at the trailhead. During busy periods, all parking spaces may be full. So, please limit the number of vehicles that your group uses. There is a high level of bear activity at the trailhead. Remove all food and trash from vehicles.
Area/Length : 3.9 miles
Elevation : 8,500 feet - 12,600 feet
Fees : Reservations cost $6 per group + $15 per person. Unreserved permits are free of charge.
Closest Towns: Lone Pine, CA
Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center: (760) 876-6222.
Wilderness permit information: (760) 873-2483