Thirteen miles west of Lone Pine and 8,365 feet above sea level, Whitney Portal is base camp for climbers to Mount Whitney. Over 20,000 climbers attempt the hike to the top of the highest peak in the lower forty-eight states. Although the hike is only ten miles long, the elevation gain on the way to the 14,495 foot peak, coupled with the likelihood of altitude sickness, makes this a tough haul. Once on the top, hikers may visit a small cabin for shelter. At the base, the Whitney Portal Store provides supplies and food for hikers. Bear attacks on cars in the Whitney Portal area are common, even during the day.