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Whitney Portal

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After twisting up the switchbacks and dodging errant rocks on the Whitney Portal road, we came to Whitney Portal itself. At almost 8,000 feet, the air is noticeably thin and the temperatures are refreshingly cool. This is the portal through which Mt. Whitney hikers pass on their way to the peak's 14,505-foot summit, the highest peak in the lower 48 states.