032864.CA.0708.mtwhitney.AR Mt. Whitney, located in the Eastern Sierra is the highest mountain in the continental United States at 14,494 feet. The trail to Mt. Whitney, still 2 miles away, winds to the left of Mt. Muir, in background. Rod Stewart of Oak Park takes a break at Trail Crest located at 13,000 feet on his way to a one day summit hike to Mt. Whitney.