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
5/27 -Trail is Overgrown and hard to follow around frying pan meadow, and also has a few trees down. Light snow on the south side of Kennedy Pass. North side is covered and steep.

Copper Creek and Granite Pass
7/14 - Free of snow.

Woods Creek, Bubbs Creek, and Glen Pass (Rae Lakes Loop)
7/14 - Clear, Free of snow. Stock Passable.

Pinchot Pass
7/14 - Clear, Free of snow. Stock Passable.

Forester Pass
7/14- Free of snow.

Grant Grove and Jennie Lakes Wilderness Area

JO Pass
7/14 - Clear, Free of snow.

Seville, Ranger, and Lost Lakes and Belle Canyon
7/14 - Clear, Free of snow. Mosquitoes present.

Redwood Canyon
7/14 - Trail is in good condition. Unsure of reliability of Redwood Creek.

Sugarloaf Valley and Roaring River
7/14 - From Mather Pass to Roaring River there are six downed trees. These should be cleared in the next few weeks. Small creeks in the area are dry. Medium sized creeks are low but in good condition. The stock fences are being put up, but are not all in place at this time.

Lodgepole, Wolverton, and Crescent Meadow

Twin Lakes Trail
7/14 - Free of snow.

Alta Trail
7/14 - Free of snow.

Pear Lake Trail
7/14 - Free of snow. Watchtower route is open.

6/8 - Large boulder just past Heather Lake impassible for stock.

High Sierra Trail
7/14 - Trail is free of snow from Crecent Meadow to Whitney Portal. Dry stretch from upper Big Arroyo to Kern Hotsprings.

7/10 - Multiple reports of deer stealing clothing and gear at Hamilton Lake. Reports have been verified by a wilderness ranger.

Elizabeth Pass
7/14 - Some snow on the north side of Elizabeth Pass. Otherwise, Deadman canyon and surrounding area is snow free.

Colby Pass
7/21 - Trail east of Gallats Lake to Kern Canyon is not stock passable due to tree and rock fall.

Foothills

Middle Fork Trail
7/14 - Be aware of high temperatures, poison oak, ticks, and rattlesnakes at this elevation

Garfield Grove Trail (South Fork)
7/14 - Be aware of high temperatures, poison oak, ticks, and rattlesnakes at this elevation

Ladybug Trail (South Fork)
7/14 - Be aware of high temperatures, poison oak, ticks, and rattlesnakes at this elevation

Lower Colony Mill Trail (North Fork)
7/14 - Be aware of high temperatures, poison oak, ticks, and rattlesnakes at this elevation

Mineral King and Kern Canyon

Mineral King Road is open

Paradise Ridge Trail
7/14 - Free of snow.

Timber Gap
7/14 - Free of snow. Blackrock Pass is also snow free.

6/22 - No water at Redwood Meadow. The closest water source is Granite Creek of Cliff Creek.

Tar Gap
7/14 - Free of snow.

Sawtooth
7/14 - Free of snow. Trail from Monarch Lakes over Sawtooth Pass to Lost Canyon is unmaintained. Basic route-finding skills necessary.

Franklin Lakes and Franklin Pass
7/14 - Trail is snow free. There are several washouts past the Franklin/Farewell Gap junction. May be difficult for stock to navigate.

7/14 - Farewell Gap into Golden Trout Wilderness has multiple washouts from recent thunderstorms. New gullies approximately 2-3 ft wide and deep. Not advisable for stock.

White Chief, Eagle Lake, and Mosquito Lakes
7/14 - Free of snow. Multiple reports of gear damage due to marmots as Eagle Lake.

Atwell/Hockett Trail
7/14 - Free of snow.

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
6/25 - Stock passable. One section of snow about 20 feet long near the top.

Piute Pass
7/14 - Trail is clear to the pass.

Muir Pass
6/16 - Only a 10 ft patch of snow. Most has melted out. Lots of water on trail hard to follow at points.

Taboose Pass
7/14 - Clear and snow free.

Sawmill Pass
No trail conditions are currently available.

Baxter Pass
5/27- Six to seven downed trees across trail between 1st and 2nd crossing of Oak Creek.

Kearsarge Pass
7/14 - Kearsarge Pass is snow free.

Shepherd Pass
7/31- Both sides are snow free. East side is washed out and is steep and difficult to follow. Caution should be used.
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
7/14 - Trail is snow free.

Old Army Pass
7/21 - Snow free. Extreme caution necessary this is an un-maintained trail. It is narrow and exposed in places.

New Army Pass
7/21 - Snow free.

Cottonwood Pass
5/23- Small patches of snow.

7/10 - Siberian Pass creek has no water.

Kern Canyon
7/31- Two trees down between Rattlesnake Junction and Kern Ranger Station. Not stock passable for groups coming in from the south.

Lamarck Col
6/15- From North Lake going up to Lamarck Col starting at 11,500 ft there is patchy snow. From the base of Col to the top there is deep soft snow. going down to Darwin Lakes there is patchy snow. Beyond that the trail is clear and snow free.

 
New Army Pass

New Army Pass

Photo by N. Ver

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