Up Close with Mt. Whitney

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By Deborah B.

Two up close and beautiful photos of Mt.  Whitney from Santa Barbara County. 

Update by Deborah

Just so it is known, these shots are from San Rafael Peak 6,500 SR Wilderness/West Big Pine 6,800 ft, Dick Smith Wilderness here in SBC.  These pictures on taken on Thanksgiving Day 2017.  Seems impossible to see so far but this day is a beautiful clear day.  When it's this clear up there, you can see all of Sierra Mountain Range North, snow cap and all.  I also have shots of Big Sur Coast Range, Cone Peak, Availa Point.  Bakersfield at night lit up and more.  Pretty amazing views from here, but one must be strong enough to get there to witness these views.  Most cannot and therefore the belief of seeing is not believing unless you are present, and I have been going here for the last 24 years and counting over 165 trips.  These pictures are truly special.

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tagdes Dec 01, 2017 11:03 AM
Up Close with Mt. Whitney

Likely from the lookout but the station has been closed off for many years unless you know someone from USFS with a key.

ACF Dec 01, 2017 07:35 AM
Up Close with Mt. Whitney

Not what I'd call "up close," but I am surprised that we can see the mountain from S.B. County. Thanks.

Yeti Dec 01, 2017 10:44 AM
Up Close with Mt. Whitney

Sorry, It is not physically possible to see Mt. Whitney from anywhere in Santa Barbara county. First, it is about 200 linear miles away from any point in SB County and just the curvature of the earth would make this very difficult.
and there are some very tall 12,000 foot peaks, ie the Western Sierras are in the way of seeing them plus the distance across from East to West slope of the Sierras is about 40 miles across.
It just is not possible. IF you are looking in the right direction, you are probably just seeing the tall peaks on the Western Slope in Kings Canyon area.

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