Trail running Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states, on a late fall day with some early snow on the trail. Lone Pine, California

Running Mt. Whitney in Winter

There’s one surefire way to avoid headaches for getting yourself up the lower 48’s highest summit. Go when it’s miserable. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be miserable if you pay attention to conditions and time things right. Running Mt. Whitney in winter isn’t only possible, it’s advisable. We’ve successfully done it two winters in a row, had ideal weather and seen a total of six people. It’s been anything but miserable.

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Trail running in the Tungsten Hills, outside Bishop, California, with views of the Sierra Nevada.

Bishop Winter Trail Running

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Tungsten City Run
Rossi Hill Route
Pipeline Traverse
Lower Rock Creek
Sun, mountains, beauty, and of course trails – the things a runner may be seeking come January after too many weeks aching for a real mountain run. In the western US, the most idyllic and reliable options that tick the requirements are the southwest desert and Bishop, California. Read More
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