Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Mount Whitney

Crowning the Sierra Nevada, majestic Mount Whitney stands 14,494 feet tall. It is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. You can see it only from the eastern reaches of the backcountry of Sequoia or from Highway 395, near Lone Pine, outside the parks. To reach Mount Whitney from western trailheads, backpackers take a 70-mile, eight-day trek. It takes one to two days from eastern trailheads. The trek is so popular that special permits are required. Contact the U.S. Forest Service at (760) 873-2485.