Mount Whitney Training Hike

Description: Every hiker has dreams of one day summiting Mt. Whitney (14,495). REI Outdoor School can help you make this be the year! Almost anyone can do it with proper motivation, physical training, acclimatization and a permit. Let REI's experienced instructors guide you to your goal through properly sequenced ascents of Southern California's biggest mountains. We will cover the essentials of preparing for Mt. Whitney, including obtaining permits, training, tricks to properly acclimatize, navigation, nutrition, gear and clothing. These progressive climbs include Mt. Baldy, Mt. San Jacinto, Cucamonga Peak, , San Bernardino Peak, , and San Gorgonio Mountain. These are strenuous hikes and you should have hiking experience and be in good physical condition. The days will be from 8.5 to 16 miles round trip and gain from 2300 to 5300 feet. Register for each hike individually. You may register for any peak, but the more training you do the better your chances at Whitney.

Skills you'll learn:

Train for a successful summit bid - Learn all the key components of the climb - Skills and confidence necessary to climb Mt. Whitney

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Mount Whitney Training Hike Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Hydration Compatible Day Pack - 1000-2000 cubic inches with 70-100 oz water bladder
  • Water Bottle
  • Energy Snacks
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Hiking Boots


  • Personal Backpack & Equipment - The backpack and equipment you use.
  • Lip Balm/Protection
  • Gaiters
  • Personal Camera
  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.

Gear provided by REI:

  • Group First Aid Kit