Ice axes and crampons are needed in spring and early summer, but technical climbing equipment is not usually necessary between mid-July and early October. During snow-free summer months, some individuals in excellent physical condition, can climb to the summit and return the same day. It is difficult to acquire permits for the 2- or 3-day trek, especially during July and August.
“Around August and September, the iconic Sierra peak above Lone Pine, Calif., draws hikers, backpackers and determined souls who lust for a chance to stand atop its 14,497-foot peak. And long summer days are a perfect time for day hikers to attempt the highest point in the Lower 48 (11 miles one way, more than 6,000 feet of elevation gain).”
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