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.

Drift Fences
You may encounter "Drift Fences" in the wilderness. These fences are utilized to keep stock (horses, mules, and llamas) from roaming freely or impacting ecologically sensitive areas. Each fence has either a sliding pole or swinging gate across the trail for visitors to pass through. Please close all gates behind you to protect wilderness resources.

 

Cedar Grove and Roads End

The road into Cedar Grove and Roads End has opened for the season.

Lewis Creek and Kennedy Pass

Copper Creek and Granite Pass

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

Pinchot Pass

Forester Pass

Grant Grove and Jennie Lakes Wilderness Area

JO Pass

Seville, Ranger, and Lost Lakes and Belle Canyon

Redwood Canyon

Sugarloaf Valley and Roaring River

Lodgepole, Wolverton, and Crescent Meadow

Twin Lakes Trail

Alta Peak Trail

Pear Lake Trail

Tablelands

High Sierra Trail

Elizabeth Pass

Foothills

Middle Fork Trail

Garfield Grove Trail (South Fork)

Ladybug Trail (South Fork)

Lower Colony Mill Trail (North Fork)

Mineral King and Kern Canyon

Mineral King Road is open.

Paradise Ridge Trail

Timber Gap

Tar Gap

Sawtooth

Franklin Lakes and Franklin Pass

White Chief, Eagle Lake, and Mosquito Lakes

Atwell/Hockett Trail

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

Mather Pass

Piute Pass

Muir Pass

Taboose Pass

Sawmill Pass

Baxter Pass

Kearsarge Pass

Shepherd Pass

ADVISORY: Not passable by stock. A flash flood has created several gullies 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

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

New Army Pass

Cottonwood Pass

Kern Canyon

Lamarck Col

 
New Army Pass
New Army Pass

Photo by N. Ver

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

(559) 565-3341
Recorded information is available 24 hours a day. Park staff answers calls on weekdays from 8:15 am - 4:15 pm.

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