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Mt. Whitney

Distance: 221 miles one-way. It’s the highest point in the lower 48 — 14,497 feet above sea level — and just 76 miles west of Badwater as the crow flies, 135 miles as the ultra-marathoners jog, walk and crawl. Intimidated by the climb? Take a little hike from the Whitney Portal Store at the trailhead instead. Contact: Inyo National Forest, (760) 873-2400, or
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