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.

Expect severe smoke impacts throughout the Southern Sierra due to the Rough Fire. Highway 180, the road to Cedar Grove, is closed just north of Grant Grove. Please see InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4456/ for more information.

 


Cedar Grove and Road's End

The road into Cedar Grove and Road's End is currently closed due to firefighting operations on the Rough Fire.

Lewis Creek and Kennedy Pass

8/21 - Expect smoke impacts. Low visibility and poor air quality.

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
8/21 - Expect smoke impacts. Low visibility and poor air quality.

Woods Creek, Bubbs Creek, and Glen Pass (Rae Lakes Loop)
8/21 - Expect smoke impacts. Low visibility and poor air quality.

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

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

Forester Pass
8/21 - Expect smoke impacts. Low visibility and poor air quality.

7/14- Free of snow.

Grant Grove and Jennie Lakes Wilderness Area

Jennie Lakes Wilderness is closed to all wilderness travel at this time because of the Rough Fire. For more information please see the InciWeb link provided above.

JO Pass
8/21 - Expect smoke impacts. Low visibility and poor air quality. The pass is accessible from the south, out of Lodegpole, but inaccessible from the north, via Jennie Lakes Wilderness.

7/14 - Clear, Free of snow.

Seville, Ranger, and Lost Lakes and Belle Canyon
8/21 - Expect smoke impacts. Low visibility and poor air quality. Lakes inaccessible from Jennie Lakes Wilderness.

7/14 - Clear, Free of snow. Mosquitoes present.

Redwood Canyon
8/21 - Expect smoke impacts. Low visibility and poor air quality.

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

Sugarloaf Valley and Roaring River
8/21- Expect smoke impacts. Low visibility and poor air quality.

8/21 - Region is inaccessible from Bubbs Creek/Sphinx Creek drainage and Jennie Lakes Wilderness due to closures associated with the Rough Fire.

8/10 - Small creeks in the area are dry. Water may be unreliable in Sugarloaf Valley.

Lodgepole, Wolverton, and Crescent Meadow

Twin Lakes Trail
8/21 - Expect smoke impacts. Low visibility and poor air quality.

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.

8/17 - Smoke conditions have worsened because of the Rough Fire. Wilderness travel is not recommended in the Middle Fork of the Kings river drainage due to severe smoke impacts. In the Bench Lake and LeConte Canyon areas, smoke is not longer dissipating in the mornings and evenings. There are periods of raining ash. The smoke celiing is approximately 10,000ft and visibility is usually about a half-mile. Conditions are worst in the afternoons, when visibility can be a low as a quarter-mile. Smoke has traveled as far south as Atwell Mill in Mineral King. The Great Western Divide is also seeing significant impacts.

8/10 - The Rough Fire, located to the west of the Parks in Sierra National Forest, is producing a significant amount of smoke. Expect severe smoke impacts in the Middle Fork of the Kings River, Tehipite Valley, Simpson Meadow. Smoke is also present in the afternoons in the LeConte Canyon and Bench Lake Regions. The Wilderness Ranger at LeConte Canyon reported today that visiblity in the afternoons is as low a .5 to 1.5 miles.

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.
8/4 - Smoke from the cabin fire is present in the Crabtree area.

Old Army Pass
7/21 - Snow free. Extreme caution necessary this is an un-maintained trail. It is narrow and exposed in places.
8/4 - Guyot Creek is effectively dry and not a viable water source.

New Army Pass
7/21 - Snow free.
8/4 - Guyot Creek is effectively dry and not a viable water source.

Cottonwood Pass
7/10 - Siberian Pass creek has no water.
8/4 - Guyot Creek is effectively dry and not a viable water source.

Kern Canyon
7/31- Two trees down between Rattlesnake Junction and Kern Ranger Station. Not stock passable for groups coming in from the south.
8/4 - Smoke from the Cabin fire is present in the Kern Plateau and the Kern Canyon

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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