Trail Conditions

A backpacker looks over a vast alpine landscape

Mather Pass

Jessie Wheeler

Here you will find the most recent trail conditions available. Be prepared for rapidly changing conditions. Thunderstorms are common during the summer months and can turn a clear day into a threatening situation in a matter of hours. Consider all possibilities before you head out on your trip and check out the Trail Safety page for more information on the dangers of wilderness travel.

At the end of September wilderness rangers are removed from the field and updated conditions become less available. You can help us by sending an email to report trail conditions. In general, you should expect winter conditions across the Parks' wilderness. For more information please call the Wilderness Office at (559) 565-3766.

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.

 

1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Cedar Grove and Roads End

The road into Cedar Grove and Roads End is closed for the season.

Lewis Creek and Kennedy Pass

1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Copper Creek and Granite Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Woods Creek, Bubbs Creek, and Glen Pass (Rae Lakes Loop)
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Pinchot Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Forester Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Grant Grove and Jennie Lakes Wilderness Area

JO Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Seville, Ranger, and Lost Lakes and Belle Canyon

1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Redwood Canyon

1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Sugarloaf Valley and Roaring River

1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Lodgepole, Wolverton, and Crescent Meadow

Twin Lakes Trail
1/4 - Approximately 3 feet of snow at 6,500ft. Expect winter conditions.

Alta Trail
1/4 - Approximately 3 feet of snow at 6,500ft. Expect winter conditions.

Pear Lake Trail
1/4 - Approximately 3 feet of snow at 6,500ft. Expect winter conditions.

High Sierra Trail
1/4 - Approximately 3 feet of snow at 6,500ft. Expect winter conditions.

Elizabeth Pass

1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Colby Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.


Foothills

Middle Fork Trail
1/4 - Expect some snow at the the 5,500 ft. elevation.

Garfield Grove Trail (South Fork)
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions above 6,000 ft.

Ladybug Trail (South Fork)
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions above 6,000 ft.

Lower Colony Mill Trail (North Fork)
1/4 - No recent reports.

Mineral King and Kern Canyon

Mineral King Road is closed. For more information call the Wilderness Office at (559) 565-3766.

Paradise Ridge Trail
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Timber Gap
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Tar Gap

1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Sawtooth
Trail from Monarch Lakes over Sawtooth Pass to Lost Canyon is unmaintained. Basic route-finding skills necessary.

1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Franklin Lakes and Franklin Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

White Chief, Eagle Lake, and Mosquito Lakes
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Atwell/Hockett Trail
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

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
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Piute Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Muir Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Taboose Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Sawmill Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Baxter Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Kearsarge Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Shepherd Pass

1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

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
1/4 - No recent reports.
ADVISORY: No long term parking at Whitney Portal in 2016 due to road construction. Contact Inyo National Forest at (760) 876-6222 or visit their website for more information.

Old Army Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions. This trail is unmaintained and dangerous in the best of circumstances. Extreme caution is advised.

New Army Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Cottonwood Pass
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Kern Canyon
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

Lamarck Col
1/4 - No recent reports. Expect winter conditions.

 
New Army Pass

New Army Pass

Photo by N. Ver

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