California opens lottery to hike Mount Whitney – SFGATE
This spring, experienced hikers might score the chance to cross the tallest mountain in California (and the lower 48 states) off their bucket list. The Mount Whitney lottery opened on Feb. 1 for the 2023 season, and the competition will likely be fierce.
The window to hike Whitney is from May 1 to Nov. 1. Before entering the lottery, you’ll need to create an account on Recreation.gov.
The Mount Whitney Trail starts in the Inyo National Forest at Whitney Portal, 8,300 feet above sea level. The trail gains over 6,200 feet of elevation before reaching the summit in Sequoia National Park at the southern end of the John Muir Trail. In 2021, Recreation.gov fielded 25,0…….