The plan is to enter Lone Pine Campground where the NRT trail begins and hike 4 miles along the Whitney Portal Trail to Whitney Portal. The trail follows the south side of Lone Pine Creek and ends at the Portal. We will have lunch, enjoy the views of Mt. Whitney and other surrounding peaks, then return to the trailhead via the same route. This hike is 8 miles round trip.
The Whitney Portal National Recreation Trail connects Lone Pine Campground and Whitney Portal. The upper portion of the trail is in a forested canyon alongside a creek. The lower portion is more open and can be very hot in summer. This trail should not be confused with the trail to the summit of Mt. Whitney.
The Southern Sierra Hiking Club features hiking activities all year round in local mountains and wilderness areas of Kern and Tulare Counties; featuring the Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, and the Giant Sequoia National Monument. We hike on trails, scramble, climb peaks, go cross country, snowshoe and backpack. Other areas we hike include the Tehachapi and San Emigdio Mountains, the Los Padres and Angeles National Forests, AND, extended holiday adventures to popular multi-state destinations!
Beginners are welcome!
We now have three levels of conditioning hikes presented at Hart Park east of Bakersfield. Hart Park provides the bluffs needed for the extra strength training hills can provided compared to flat lands of west Bakersfield. Check the schedule for Beginners, Intermediate (or Moderate), and Advanced. The hikes are between 3 to 6 miles and completed in 1.5 to 2 hours. We have had great success and a lot of fun doing these roller coaster type hikes so we are in better shape for our day hikes and camping trips to the many beautiful, awe inspiring areas mentioned above.