If you want to witness nature’s brush strokes on Earth’s canvas and explore beauty in raw form, then Mount Whitney is where you should start. The scenic beauty of this wondrous mountain is unmatched and the view from the top is to die for. If you are one of those explorers who also happens to like a challenge, then the world is your oyster and you already know where to start.
As the highest peak of the state and the most hiked mountain in Sierra Nevada, it makes for an incredible story to tell. The height of the mountain is an astonishing 14,505 feet and the view from up there is one where thoughts of the rest of world dissolve into nothing.
The best part about hiking here is that it requires little wilderness survival skills or technical skills to cover the peak. This is another reason why this peak is so appealing and attracts so much tourist attention. Since the place is full of tourist traffic, many businesses related to hospitality have been set up and are throbbing. If you need a place to crash, rest up before carrying on, camp or just grab a bite, you have quite a few amazing options.
Along the ranges on Sierra Nevada, you will find a ton of lodges, cabins, motels, inn and hotels that offer great views to sit by while you sip your favorite morning beverage or even better, breakfast in bed.
Since Mount Whitney is so famous with tourists and hikers, it may not come as a surprise that finding a room can be an issue due to excessive bookings. If you want to beat that, then it is best to make prior arrangements with a motel or inn to avoid any such inconvenience. Some of the best options around the area are The Log House Lodge, Bellevue Guesthouse and Wuksachi Lodge.
Nature is not the only thing you enjoy on your trip to Mount Whitney. Since it is such a happening spot, it has a nightlife of its own. You can enjoy some good music, a bonfire and some kickback-and-relax dancing while you are there. Before you plan your trip though, it is important to do some homework. To control traffic on the hiking trail, you have to apply for a permit. You can find more information regarding the permit here.
Some climbers and mountaineers who have an eye for spotting and appreciating raw beauty, often tell you that the view of Mount Whitney of Lone Pine and the Mount Whitney range is absolutely gorgeous. Somewhere near the Portal Store the trail can get a bit sandy which may be a little annoying on the way up but it makes the hike down the trail much easier on your knees.
All-in-all it is an amazing place to start your journey to rediscovering the world. The best part is that the pictures from this trip should look great on the mantelpiece.