Whitney Portal, California

Whitney Portal (formerly, Hunter Flat and Hunters Camp) is the end of the Whitney Portal road in Inyo County, California, 13.7 miles (22 km) west of Lone Pine at an elevation of 8,374 feet (2,552 m).[1] Whitney Portal is the gateway to Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States; it is the trailhead for the Mount Whitney Trail. Campgrounds, parking lots, bearproof food storage facilities, a store and a restaurant are located at Whitney Portal.

Whitney Portal
Whitney Portal Road approaches Whitney Portal
Whitney Portal
Location in California
Coordinates: 36°35′10″N 118°14′29″W
CountryUnited States
CountyInyo County
Elevation8,374 ft (2,552 m)


A road reached Whitney Portal in 1936.[2] Previously, the place was called Hunter Flat in honor of William L. Hunter, an Owens Valley pioneer.[2] The road was used in scenes in at least two American feature films, High Sierra (1941), with Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino, and The Long, Long Trailer (1954) with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

In July 2018, the Georges Fire caused the community to be evacuated due to fire threats.[3]


  1. "8373". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  2. Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1214. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. "Georges Fire Information - InciWeb the Incident Information System". InciWeb. United States National Forest Service. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
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