Mt. Whitney Guide
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Mobile phone service is not available on all but a few feet of the Mt. Whitney Trail. But not to worry because the Mt. Whitney Guide app uses a combination of your phone's GPS, downloaded topo maps, and the Google Maps interface to accurately locate your position on the trail.
The Mt. Whitney Guide takes the guess work out of wondering how much farther you have to go, and more importantly, whether you are still on the trail.
A bright red line indicates the location of the Mt. Whitney Trail (this GPS track was gathered June 2012). Worried you are off-track? Just look at the blue GPS dot to see where you are, and whether you are on the red trail line.
An elevation profile of the Mt. Whitney Trail is displayed in the Profile tab of the app. It shows you the elevation of the trail plotted against distance along with your current location on the trail.
More than 40 waypoints along the 10.4 mile (16.7 km) Mt. Whitney Trail are displayed both on the map and in the "Guide" tab of the app. The types of waypoints include:
-->Water sources (including reliability of each water source)
There is also a marker on the map every 1/2 mile (or every kilometer, depending on your settings) of the trail track.
Clicking on a waypoint on either the Map or in the Guide opens a detail page for the waypoint, providing further details about that particular waypoint. Details include the waypoint's mileage point and elevation, photographs of the waypoint, and other details that will help you during your hike, and help you plan your hike.
-->Display trail distance in miles or kilometers
-->Display trail elevation in feet or meters
-->Select whether to display the "Offline" (downloaded) topo maps (this setting may be turned to "off" when internet service is available)
-->Select what type of map to display when internet service is available
About the Mt. Whitney Trail: The Mt. Whitney Trail is the most popular route to the top of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the Lower 48 United States, at 14,505 feet (4,421 m). Located outside of Lone Pine, California, in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Mt. Whitney Trail connects to the 212-mile John Muir Trail, which in turn connects to the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail. From the Mt. Whitney Trail trailhead to the top of Mt. Whitney is 10.4 miles (16.7 km) with an elevation gain of 6056 feet (1846 m). Many hike to the top and back in one day, while many others spend one or two nights on the trail.
Also available: Guthook's Guide: PCT SoCal, Guthook's Guide: PCT Sierra, Guthook's Guide PCT NorCal, Guthook's Guide: PCT Oregon, Guthook's Guide: PCT Washington, Guthook's Guide: JMT
Coming Winter 2013: Vermont LT Hiker (The Long Trail*), Appalachian Trail Hiker series
*The Long Trail is a trademark of the Green Mountain Club
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May 21, 2013 update:
-->Addition of Elevation Profile tab
-->Addition of "Scroll to Closest Waypoint" feature in Guide tab
-->Various performance and stability improvements