Trail Conditions

A backpacker looks over a vast alpine landscape

Mather Pass

Jessie Wheeler

This website will be updated as trail conditions are reported by visitors and park staff.

Reports are limited or may be unavailable in the winter months. You can help us by sending an email to report trail conditions.

For snowpack data, visit the California Department of Water Resources snow survey website.

Climbing Mt. Langley
During a project to restore the route to the top of Mount Langley, miles of social trails were removed and a new route was marked with cairns. If you climb Mount Langley, please leave the cairns in place and use them to follow the new route.

 

Cedar Grove and Road's End

The road into Cedar Grove and Road's End is currently open.

Lewis Creek and Kennedy Pass

No trail condition update at this time

Copper Creek and Granite Pass
No trail condition update at this time

Woods Creek, Bubbs Creek, and Glen Pass (Rae Lakes Loop)
5/4 - Woods Creek Trail from Road's End to Upper Paradise is clear of snow; there are three downed trees that you have to go around. The Trail between Arrowhead Lake and Dollar Lake is clear until you get to Dollar Lake. The south end of the lake is snow covered but passable. The North face of Glen Pass is covered in a few feet of snow. The switchbacks are unusable and existing tracks are going straight up. Postholing most of the way makes it slow going but doable. The switchbacks on the south side are clear of snow for the most part. At a certain point the trail becomes completely snow covered and difficult to follow. It remains this way until the JMT/Charlotte Lake junction. Certain spots of the trail have good sized patches of snow the eventually clear up as you reach Vidette Meadow. From there to Road's End there are no issues except for a large fallen tree that you can duck under to pass.

Grant Grove and Jennie Lakes Wilderness Area

JO Pass
3/27 - North side of pass still has snow and is not passable in boots.

Seville, Ranger, and Lost Lakes and Belle Canyon
3/27 - No trail condition update. Snow level is at approximately 9,000 feet.

Redwood Canyon
5/12 - The road to the trailhead is clear. No snow is present on the trail.

Sugarloaf Valley and Roaring River
3/27 - No trail condition update is currently available. The snowline is at approximately 9,000 feet.

Lodgepole, Wolverton, and Crescent Meadow

Twin Lakes Trail
3/27 - The trail to Twin Lakes is passable, with patchy snow at the lakes. Silliman Pass is not passable due to snow on the east side of the pass.

Alta Trail
3/27 - The trail is clear of snow most of the way. The snowline is at approximately 9,000 feet. The summit is still icy, and mountaineering equipment is recommended.

Pear Lake Trail
5/7 - Wolverton to the Hump has 3 to 4 inches of snow. Once over the Hump, there's approx 6 inches of snow all the way to Pear Lake. (In winter, reservations are required at Pear Lake Ski Hut.)

High Sierra Trail
3/27 - The trail is clear of snow most of the way to Bearpaw Meadow. From Bearpaw to Hamilton Lake, there's mushy snow turning to ice. Kaweah Gap is not passable.

Foothills

Be aware of poison oak, ticks, and rattlesnakes at this elevation.

Middle Fork Trail
3/27 - Trail is clear to Bearpaw. Beware of ticks and poison oak.

Garfield Grove Trail (South Fork)
3/27 - No snow on trail. Water is available but is diminishing. Beware of ticks and poison oak.

Ladybug Trail (South Fork)
No trail conditions are currently available

Lower Colony Mill Trail (North Fork)
No trail conditions are currently available

Mineral King and Kern Canyon

Mineral King Road is scheduled to open on 5/21/2015.

Paradise Ridge Trail
No trail conditions are currently available.

Timber Gap
No trail conditions are currently available.

Tar Gap
No trail conditions are currently available.

Sawtooth
No trail conditions are currently available.

Franklin Lakes and Franklin Pass
No trail conditions are currently available.

White Chief, Eagle Lake, and Mosquito Lakes
No trail conditions are currently available.

Atwell/Hockett Trail
No trail conditions are currently available.

Sierra Crest and East Side (Inyo National Forest)

For more information on trails starting on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, contact the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center at (760) 876-6222 or the Inyo National Forest Wilderness Office at (760) 873-2483.

Bishop Pass
12/11 - Snow, ice. Route-finding skills necessary.

Piute Pass
12/11 - Snow, ice. Route-finding skills necessary.

Taboose Pass
12/11 - Snow, ice. Route-finding skills necessary.

Sawmill Pass
12/11 - Snow, ice. Route-finding skills necessary.

Baxter Pass
12/11 - Snow, ice. Route-finding skills necessary. This trail is extremely difficult to follow due to damage caused by fire and flash floods in previous years. It is not recommended for most hikers.

Kearsarge Pass
12/11 - Snow, ice. Route-finding skills necessary.

Shepherd Pass
12/11 - Snow, ice. Route-finding skills necessary.
ADVISORY: Not passable by stock. A flash flood has created several gulies 20 - 30 feet deep with near-vertical faces along the trail between Mahogany Flat and the Pothole on the east side (Inyo NF) side of Shepherd Pass. Symmes Creek near the eastern end of the trail is also scoured out, in places up to 50-60 feet wide and 20 feet deep. Hikers attempting to cross the gullies are at risk of dislodging rocks and causing severe injuries.

Mount Whitney Trail
12/11 - Snow, ice. Route-finding skills necessary.

Old Army Pass
12/11 - Snow, ice. Route-finding skills necessary.

New Army Pass
12/11 - Snow, ice. Route-finding skills necessary.

Cottonwood Pass
12/11 - Snow, ice. Route-finding skills necessary.

 
New Army Pass

New Army Pass

Photo by N. Ver

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