Hey ya’ll… so let’s talk about this big prominent thing called Mount Whitney. As the writer of this blog, I haven’t actually hiked Mt. Whitney — that’s actually Brian’s department. Backpacking Mt. Whitney may be in my near future, possibly.
Anyways, we camped at the Family campsite, which has reservations but is also a first-come-first-reserve type of campground. It was $20 a night and you can park up to 2 cars or 1 RV. You can also pay $7 for extra cars or park on the side of the road. Also they do have a senior citizen discount. Check out more info from the Whitney Portal website.
When we got there, there was no potable water. Therefore, we had to buy or get water from a different campground. Before we headed up the mountain, Lone Pine campground is near the bottom of the mountain and you can obtain water from there. That’s what we did, we brought our big jug and obtained water that way. Although, if you’re like me and you can taste the different qualities in water, this water had a mineral-esque taste. So, if you’re really picky about water, you might want to grab water elsewhere. Currently, the water up in Whitney Portal has been contaminated and water is not available except for restrooms and RV’s.
I have to say, Whitney Portal is a beautiful area. The trees are just perfect showcasing the changing of the Autumn leaves, well you can definitely take a look for yourselves in our YouTube video down here.
We got to Mt. Whitney campgrounds in Mid-October, so just a warning, it’s near freezing at night here. Bring warm jackets and sleeping bags that can accommodate close to near freezing temperatures. Brian and I ended up sleeping in the car because it was just warmer to sleep in the car than outside. But during the day, it was nice and warm and you might only need one layer of clothing.
All campgrounds have fire pits, so you can definitely cook on top of them. Although, we always bring over our gas grill, the fire pit is excellent at keeping your food warm if you prefer to use your portable grill.
Another thing all campgrounds have are bear proof storage. It is necessary and a must to put all your food and scented items into the storage to prevent bears from wrecking havoc on your things such as your car. It is very important to not leave anything in your car because you think your car can withstand a bear’s force. Well, you are definitely wrong. It is very important to not store any scented items or food in your car. There is also a fine for those who do not follow this rule.
Anywhoo, what did I make while I was there — corn on the cob (success), sweet potatoes (unsuccessful), kimchi fried rice (successful), rib-eye steaks (success) and chicken pho (success). Off camera, I ate ramen with a chicken drumstick. And finally, peanut butter and jelly which is a classic staple and simple preparation for campgrounds.
I didn’t get to actually hike Mt. Whitney, but one day, I have a feeling I will. Till that day comes, toodles.