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The plaque on the summit of Mount Whitney reveals that this  mountain has been accessible by trail to the public for 90 years.

Mt. Whitney lottery postponed

Government shutdown delays online upgrades
Sarah Elliott


The Mount Whitney Lottery, the process that awards both day-hiking and overnight-hiking permits of the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, has been postponed.
Typically, the lottery begins today (February 1) through www.recreation.gov. However, the recently awarded contractor for this online site was working with the Inyo National Forest to develop the online protocol for the lottery. The work was delayed during the shutdown of the federal government (December 21-January 25).
Inyo National Forest and Recreation.gov are working to get the lottery functional. It is anticipated that it will start sometime in mid to late February. 
The new date will be announced when the details are finalized.
The Whitney lottery addresses the overwhelming demand to complete a hike to this popular destination that draws mountaineers and hikers from throughout the world. Mount Whitney is the southern terminus of the John Muir Trail and a part of several popular loop hikes in the Sierra Nevada.