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Mount Whitney Guide APP
From the Creators of Guthook Guides to the 
Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) and John Muir Trail (JMT)

 

Description

The Mt. Whitney Guide is a smartphone guide for your hike up the Mt. Whitney Trail.

Mobile phone service is not available on all but a few feet of the Mt. Whitney Trail. But not to worry because the Mt. Whitney Guide app uses a combination of your phone's GPS, downloaded topo maps, and the Google Maps interface to accurately locate your position on the trail.

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The Mt. Whitney Guide takes the guess work out of wondering how much farther you have to go, and more importantly, whether you are still on the trail. A bright red line indicates the location of the main trail on the map. Side trails are indicated in blue. Waypoints of interest to the hiker are plotted on the map. There are also markers on the map every mile or kilometer of the trail track.

The elevation profile shows trail distance vs elevation and plots your current location on the trail. Each waypoint is plotted on the profile. Each waypoints is clickable, opening to the waypoint's detail page.

The guidebook lists every waypoint in order by distance along the trail.

Each waypoint includes a detail page, providing further details about that particular waypoint. Details include the waypoint's mileage point and elevation, photographs of the waypoint, distance northbound and southbound to the next water source, a Trail Register where you may post comments and read other users' comments, and other details that will help you during your hike, and help you plan your hike.

Types of waypoints include:

-->Water sources (including reliability of each water source)

-->Campsites

-->Trail junctions

-->Information/landmarks

-->Views

About the Mt. Whitney Trail: The Mt. Whitney Trail is the most popular route to the top of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the Lower 48 United States, at 14,505 feet (4,421 m). Located outside of Lone Pine, California, in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Mt. Whitney Trail connects to the 212-mile John Muir Trail, which in turn connects to the 2,660-mile Pacific Crest Trail. From the Mt. Whitney Trail trailhead to the top of Mt. Whitney is 10.4 miles (16.7 km) with an elevation gain of 6056 feet (1846 m). Many hike to the top and back in one day, while many others spend one or two nights on the trail.

Guthook's Guides Navigation Demo

While not the specific Mt. Whitney APP demo, the  demo video for Guthook's Guides iPhone apps gives a little more in-depth walk-through of using the map and elevation profiles to show your location and search through the trail.

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