Mount Whitney vs. Death Valley

Herbie’s camp in Ridgecrest, California, is located right between the highest mountain peak and the lowest elevation basin in the contiguous 48 United States of America.

The summit of Mt. Whitney reaches a total height of 14,505 feet (4,202 m).


Mount Whitney is just 85 miles (136 km) East-Southeast of Death Valley.

Death Valley’s basin Badwater has the lowest elevation in North America.

The Badwater basin in Death Valley, at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level, also holds the record for the highest reported temperature in Western hemisphere, 134 °F (56.7 °C).


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