Trail Conditions

A backpacker looks over a vast alpine landscape
Mather Pass

Jessie Wheeler

Here you will find the most recent trail conditions available to us. There are very few of these rangers in the field during the shoulder seasons and none in the winter months. Do not rely on regular updates during this time of year. Also, conditions are continuously changing so please be prepared for inclement weather. Winter storms start early in the High Sierra and can surprise unaware wilderness travelers, so please be prepared. Consider all possibilities before you head out on your trip and check out the Trail Safety page for more information on the potential hazards of wilderness travel.

You can help us by sending an email to report trail conditions. 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.

 

Cedar Grove and Roads End

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

Avalanche Pass

8/7 - Both sides completely washed out, hard to navigate and easy to lose the trail.

Lewis Creek and Kennedy Pass

8/7 - Unmaintained trail section - Volcanic Lakes to East Kennedy Lake. Trail is relatively easy to follow along Dead Pine Ridge (look for cut ends). Trail is very difficult to follow along Kennedy Creek - overgrown brush and grasses and lost trail multiple times. Good route finding skills required to complete this loop. Kennedy Pass to Lewis Creek trailhead - overgrown in sections but still easy to follow. Multiple trees down - not stock crossable.

Copper Creek and Granite Pass

7/20 - Logged out and stock passable to Simpson Meadow

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

9/13 - Crossings can be found up or down stream from the trail that are fluctuating around a foot and a half, calmly moving. To avoid getting your boots wet it is advised to search about 1/4 of a mile down stream to find the log jam that some folks are using to cross.

Kings Canyon- West of Sierra Crest

East Lake

7/31 - Clear to stock and foot travel from Bubbs Creek to Inlet of East Lake. East Creek Bridge is missing railings but passable.


Goddard Canyon

6/20 - Logged out up to McClure.


Middle Fork Kings/ Tehipite

9/13 - The blowout 2 miles South of the JMT junction has had a lot of work done on it and will be more easily navigated by hikers but is still not considered stock passable.

9/13 - The Middle Fork Trail trail is passable by hikers but not recommended for stock about 1/2 a mile downstream from the observation drainage to Simpson Meadow.

Grant Grove and Jennie Lakes Wilderness Area

Big Meadows Road is open

JO Pass

Seville, Ranger, and Lost Lakes and Belle Canyon

Redwood Canyon

Sugarloaf Valley and Roaring River

Weaver Lake: camp at least 100ft away from lake

Jennie Lake: camp at least 100ft away from lake

Lodgepole, Wolverton, and Crescent Meadow

Twin Lakes Trail

8/20 - Clover Creek near the bear locker is dry. Water sources are not reliable between Silliman Creek and Clover Creek. No water between Clover Creek and Twin Lakes. Most of the streams marked on maps East of Silliman Pass are dry -- larger water sources still have water.

Alta Peak Trail

6/27 - Free of snow and trees on trail to summit.

Lakes Trail (Pear Lake)

10/15 - The Watchtower Trail is closed for the season.

Tablelands

9/13 - The Upper Marble Fork drainage is dry. Larger lakes in the Tablelands will have water to filter.

High Sierra Trail

9/9 - There are 2 fallen trees about 2 ft and 5 ft in diameter about 10ft West of Mehrten Creek on the High Sierra Trail. Not stock passable. Stock users should utilize the 7 Mile Hill Trail to bypass.

9/7 - From Kaweah Gap to the Kern the trail is free of obstructions and water levels are low, passable to hikers and stock. On the Big Arroyo to the Chagoopa Plateau there are good/sufficient water sources.

Copper Mine Pass

7/30 - Snow field is melted out enough to mostly avoid it all together.


Colby Pass

8/7 - Junction Meadow to Colby Pass on Sequoia side is very overgrown and hard to follow. Requires route finding skills.

Elizabeth Pass

Foothills

Middle Fork Trail

9/13 - Both the Middle Fork of the Kaweah and Eagle/Granite crossing are easily crossed by rock hopping.

Garfield Grove Trail (South Fork)

Ladybug Trail (South Fork)

Lower Colony Mill Trail (North Fork)

Mineral King and Kern Canyon

The road into Mineral King is now closed for the season.

Paradise Ridge Trail

7/20 - Completely snow-free and in good condition.

Timber Gap

8/18 - The trail through the riverbed area after crossing Cliff Creek is clear and easily passable. The rest of the trail from Cliff Creek crossing to Pinto Lake is overgrown with vegetation. Cliff Creek bear box is functioning normally. Cliff Creek crossing requires rock-hopping.

Tar Gap

7/11 - Mostly clear and passable. Very overgrown in parts. 4 downed trees.

Black Rock Pass

8/24 - Black Rock is now stock passable all of the way from Cliff Creek junction to the High Sierra Trail.

Glacier Pass

7/26 - North side: snowfield ~100 feet below pass is approx 200' wide. This snow patch is at a 45-degree angle, soft and supportive at 1130, crampons are advised.


Sawtooth Pass

6/28 - No snow on pass. Misleading cairns from Columbine Lake to pass have been removed, route should now be easier to follow.

Farewell Gap

6/30 - Free of snow.

Franklin Lakes and Franklin Pass

7/8 - Franklin Pass is snow-free.

White Chief, Eagle Lake, and Mosquito Lakes

5/27 - Trail free of snow. Some fallen trees over trail but still passable. Muddy around lakes #1 and #2.

Atwell/Hockett Trail

8/8 - Hockett Plateau clear of smoke. Mosquito activity has diminished greatly.

Sierra Crest and East Side (Inyo National Forest)

For more information on trails starting on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, contact the Inyo National Forest Wilderness Office at (760) 873-2483.

Bishop Pass

7/31 - The East side of pass is currently under reconstruction - this may cause delays for stock travel temporary while walls are built. The trail is clear to stock and foot travel from LeConte to Bishop Pass.

7/25 - Stock passable.

Mather Pass

7/31 - Clear to stock and foot travel from South Fork Crossing to Mather Pass. There are four failed walls on the final switchbacks that leave the trail mildly narrowed for stock. Clear to stock and foot travel from Palisades Creek Crossing to Mather Pass.

Upper Basin

Piute Pass

Muir Pass

8/8 - South Side of the Pass very washed out. Stock not recommended.

Lamarck Col

7/8 - Last 300 vertical feet to the pass from the East side are still snow covered. No special equipment needed. Be cautious of large loose boulders on the trail.


Pinchot Pass

7/31 - Clear to stock and foot travel from Woods Creek Crossing to Pinchot Pass. Clear to stock and foot travel from South Fork Crossing to Pinchot Pass.


Taboose Pass

8/23 - A 50 foot section of trail is flooded beginning about 2-3 miles in from the trailhead. A user trail has been created to avoid that section that is suitable to hikers but considered stock impassable. A large number of yellow jackets have been reported in that same area. The trail is very brushy, there are narrowing sections of trail from heavy rains and several 300lb+ boulders located on trail that may impede stock travel over the pass from the East side trailhead. The road to the trailhead is rocky and loose- High clearance and sturdy tires are advised.

Sawmill Pass

6/27 - Expect snow pack above 10,500 ft on North facing slopes.

Baxter Pass

6/27 - Expect snow pack above 10,500 ft on North facing slopes.

Kearsarge Pass

7/1 - Kearsarge Lake and Charlotte Lake are free of snow. The Bubbs Creek Crossing between Jnct Meadow to East Lake is still running high and swift, crossing is not recommended.

Forester Pass

7/25 - Snow free. Not advisable for stock travel.

Shepherd Pass

7/25 - Snow free on the Forest Service side. Not advisable for stock travel.

Mount Whitney Trail

7/11 - The trail from Trail Camp to the summit is completely free of snow, there is water running down the trail for the first half mile of the 99 switchbacks.

Army Pass

7/26 - Snow free but has suffered extensive damage from rockslide on steep slopes with high risk consequences. Experience with route finding and cross-country travel is required.

New Army Pass

7/26 - Snow free on both sides of the pass.

Cottonwood Pass

6/1 - From the PCT/JMT north to Wright Creek the trail is free of snow and stock passable. All creek crossings are unremarkable. On Tyndall Creek there is a safer crossing 1/4 mile upstream in the meadow where braided.

Kern Canyon

6/18 - There is a fallen log by the Kern Ranger station that may impede stock travel. Stock parties can take the bridge, through Inyo, to bypass.

Rock Creek

6/28 - All Rock Creek crossings along the PCT are unremarkable. There is no water available along PCT between Chicken Springs Lake and Rock Creek.

 
New Army Pass
New Army Pass

Photo by N. Ver

 
 

Last updated: November 1, 2018

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