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
No trail condition update at this time

Woods Creek, Bubbs Creek, and Glen Pass (Rae Lakes Loop)

6/8 - Significant snow on north side of Glen Pass. Microspikes recommended. Slick in the mornings.
6/16 - North Side of Glenn Pass is 95% snow free. Only a couple areas with snow easily navigable.

Pinchot Pass
6/25 - Clear, Free of snow. Stock Passable.

Forester Pass
6/22- Both North and South sides are snow free. No special equipment necessary

Grant Grove and Jennie Lakes Wilderness Area

JO Pass
No trail condition update

Seville, Ranger, and Lost Lakes and Belle Canyon
No trail condition update

Redwood Canyon
6/21 - Trail is in good condition. Creeks are still flowing along the Hart tree trail. Redwood Creek is flowing at the Junction.

Sugarloaf Valley and Roaring River
No trail condition update

Lodgepole, Wolverton, and Crescent Meadow

Twin Lakes Trail
5/26 - Visitor reports that Silliman Pass is passable

Alta Trail
5/26 - Crampons needed. No reports of reaching the summit since last storm

Pear Lake Trail
6/10 - Watchtower route in open.

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

High Sierra Trail

5/26 - Elizabeth Pass Snow waist deep, difficult to navigate

6/25 - To Kaweah Gap is snow free.

Foothills

Middle Fork Trail
6/1 - Be aware of high temperatures, poison oak, ticks, and rattlesnakes at this elevation

Garfield Grove Trail (South Fork)
6/1 - Be aware of high temperatures, poison oak, ticks, and rattlesnakes at this elevation

Ladybug Trail (South Fork)
6/1 - Be aware of high temperatures, poison oak, ticks, and rattlesnakes at this elevation

Lower Colony Mill Trail (North Fork)
6/1 - 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
No trail conditions are currently available.

Timber Gap
5/25 - Aborted plans to go over Blackrock Pass Westside of pass because of new snow

Tar Gap
No trail conditions are currently available.

Sawtooth
5/25 - 2 feet of soft snow 1/4 mile to Monarch Lake--postholing--hazardous because on steep ridge.

6/15 - Glacier Pass, South side is snow free. North side has postholing conditions from the halfway mark (10,500 FT) to the top. Ice Ax is recommended.

Franklin Lakes and Franklin Pass
5/25 - Snow begins at 8,000 ft--8 inches on trail near lake

White Chief, Eagle Lake, and Mosquito Lakes
5/25 - Snow beyond Lake #1 made travel difficult to other Mosquito Lakes

6/5 - Visitor reports no snow and easy stream crossings to White Chief.

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

Piute Pass
5/26 - 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
No trail conditions are currently available.

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
6/15 - Kearsarge Pass is snow free.

Shepherd Pass
6/22- West side is snow free . East side is mostly snow free except for one steep snow patch at the final switchbacks. Ice ax may be useful at this point.
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
6/22 Both East and West Sides are mostly snow free. There are several small snowy icy patches that hikers should be careful on. No special equipment is necessary

Old Army Pass
6/22 - Conditions very hazardous. Ice axe and crampons absolutely necessary. Will probably be in this condition for at least 3 weeks.

New Army Pass
6/22 - Snow free

Cottonwood Pass
5/23- Small patches of snow.

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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