Trail Conditions

 
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Current Conditions

Check this page for current information about what's currently open in the parks.

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Wilderness Permits

Wilderness permits must be reserved in advance between Memorial Day weekend and mid-September.

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Air Quality

Ozone and other air pollutants are common here. Learn more-view our air-quality index forecast.

 
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Warning-Recent Wildfire Burn Areas

In 2020 and 2021, the SQF Complex Fires, the Rattlesnake Fire, and KNP Complex. burned thousands of acres in the parks.

Each year, wildlfires occur in the parks and it is critical that hikers be on the lookout for trees weakened or killed by fire. Whether you are hiking in an area of recent or past fire, know the risks. Traveling through these areas can result in injury or even death.

  • Be aware of hanging, dead limbs.
  • Recognize that fire-weakened trees can fall at any time.
  • Be aware of unstable slopes, rolling debris, and other hazards.
 
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Mather Pass

Jessie Wheeler

Here you will find the most recent trail conditions available to us. Conditions are continuously changing and wilderness hikers need to plan for inclement weather. Winter storms start early in the High Sierra and can surprise unaware wilderness travelers. Do not rely on trail updates in spring, fall, and winter when there are very few rangers in the field. 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. For the most up to date information on frontcountry trails, check in at the visitor center closest to your trailhead. Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips.

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.

 

Trail Conditions by District

Trail conditions will be updated as information is reported by park staff and backcountry users. During fall, winter, and spring seasons, and during periods when our wilderness ranger stations are not staffed, trail conditions reports are received less frequently. If conditions are not available, please speak with a park ranger or the Wilderness Permit Office for more information.

Frontcountry Trails

Giant Forest Trails

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Moro Rock

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Tokopah Falls

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Muir Grove

11/10/2022 - Trails in this area are open, even though Dorst Creek Campground is closed for the 2022 season. Hikers may see the impacts of the 2021 KNP Complex Fire in the area, including burned and dead trees. Learn how to stay safe in burned areas. Expect winter conditions. 

Dorst - Lost Grove

11/10/2022 - Trails in this area are open, even though Dorst Creek Campground is closed for the 2022 season. Hikers may see the impacts of the 2021 KNP Complex Fire in the area, including burned and dead trees. Learn how to stay safe in burned areas. Expect winter conditions.

Wilderness Trails

High Sierra Trail

11/10/2022 Expect winter conditions. 

Twin Lakes Trail

11/10/2022 Expect winter conditions. 

Alta Peak Trail

11/10/2022 Expect winter conditions. 

Lakes Trail (Wolverton)

11/10/2022 Expect winter conditions. 

The Watchtower

11/14/2022 Closed for the season. 

Tablelands

11/10/2022 Expect winter conditions. 

Copper Mine Pass

11/10/2022 Expect winter conditions. 

Colby Pass

11/10/2022 Expect winter conditions. .

Elizabeth Pass

11/10/2022 Expect winter conditions. 

Frontcountry Trails

Marble Falls

1/13/2023 - Closed due to storm damage. 

Paradise Creek

11/10/2022 Expect winter conditions.

Potwisha to Hospital Rock

5/28/2022 - Closed due to impacts from the 2021 KNP Complex Fire.

Wilderness Trails

Middle Fork Trail

11/10/2022 Expect winter conditions. 

Garfield Grove Trail (South Fork)

1/17/2023 -  Road to the trailhead is not accessible due to storm damage.

Ladybug Trail (South Fork)

1/17/2023 -  Road to the trailhead is not accessible due to storm damage.

Whiskey Log (South Fork)

1/17/2023 -  Road to the trailhead is not accessible due to storm damage.

Lower Colony Mill Trail (North Fork)

11/10/2022 - Open to Admiration Point. Expect winter conditions. 

Colony Mill Trail (Crystal Cave Road)

11/10/2022 - Closed from Admiration Point to Crystal Cave Road due to impacts from the 2021 KNP Complex Fire.

Frontcountry Trails

Cold Springs Nature

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Wilderness Trails

Big Arroyo/Kern Canyon

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Moraine Lake Area

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Paradise Ridge Trail

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Timber Gap

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Tar Gap

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Black Rock Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Glacier Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Sawtooth Pass and Monarch Lake

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Farewell Gap

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Franklin Lakes and Franklin Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

White Chief, Eagle Lake, and Mosquito Lakes

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Atwell-Hockett Trail

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. . 

Hocket Meadows Area

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Frontcountry Trails

Grant Grove Trails

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Panoramic Point

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Wilderness Trails

Big Meadows Road (14S11)

11/10/2022 - In good condition.  Road to Rowell Meadow difficult to traverse with standard sedans, but possible - take it slow and easy. Expect winter conditions. 

Rowell Meadow Road (13S14)

11/10/2022 - The last two miles of this trailhead require driving on a rough dirt road. It is recommended to bring a vehicle with higher ground clearance and more off road capabilities. Expect winter conditions. 

JO Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Seville, Ranger, and Lost Lakes and Belle Canyon

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Redwood Canyon (Hart Tree, Sugar Bowl, Big Springs)

11/10/2022 - Remains closed due to impacts from the 2021 KNP Complex Fire.

Sugarloaf Valley and Roaring River

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Cloud Canyon

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Longley Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Deadman Canyon

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. . 

Weaver Lake: camp at least 100 feet away from lake

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Jennie Lake: camp at least 100 feet away from lake

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

**The Cedar Grove Road Will Close For The Season Monday The 14th of November**

Frontcountry Trails

Hotel Creek

6/5/2022 - No report available at this time.

Zumwalt Meadow

6/5/2022 - The accessible boardwalk loop trail is closed, please stay on the marked trail.

River

6/5/2022 - No report available at this time.

Cedar Grove North Side

6/5/2022 - No report available at this time.

Lightning Creek

6/5/2022 - No report available at this time.

Wilderness Trails

Avalanche Pass

6/27/2022 - Avalanche Pass is clear of snow, and has a few water sources flowing well above the named creeks.

8/09/2022 - Avalanche Pass is free and clear of debris and not washed out. 

Lewis Creek and Kennedy Pass

7/14/2022 - Frypan meadow via Lewis Creek:  there are at least 20 trees down between the trailhead and Frypan Meadow. The trees range from 1-foot in diameter to over 4-feet in diameter. The trail is overgrown and badly needs to be brushed; however it is still passable, but an inexperienced hiker may have some trouble in certain spots below Frypan Meadow finding the trail. The creek crossing was about a foot deep.  Not stock recommended.

Copper Creek and Granite Pass

7/14/2022 - The stretch between Simpson Meadow and Dougherty Meadow is hot and exposed and currently has no water, and there is no water available between Dougherty Creek and Horseshoe Creek, both about 10 miles stretches.  The last water is at Dougherty Creek itself.  Large trees down along the trail from Granite Pass to Simpson Meadow.

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

Lower Paradise Valley Temporary Camping Closure
Due to the number of dead and hazardous trees in this area, camping is temporarily prohibited in the designated Lower Paradise Valley camp sites. This closure will remain in effect until campsites can be inspected and hazard trees removed.

Bridge washed out along the Rae Lakes Loop

The South Fork Kings River Bridge above Paradise Valley washed out during the winter of 2016-2017. Construction of a replacement bridge will not begin before 2021. Depending on conditions, crossing the South Fork of the Kings River can be extremely hazardous. Observe conditions carefully and then evaluate the risk of crossing. Be prepared to turn back. If you hike the Rae Lakes Loop beginning from Bubbs Creek, plan for the possibility that you may have to backtrack to safely reach Cedar Grove.

The creek crossing area is in Upper Paradise Campground proper. There are multiple trails in the campground area that tend to confuse hikers: one that leads north and three at the suspension bridge, including one that goes due east from there that is not the correct trail. Hikers doing the Rae Lakes Loop want to follow the trail that goes south (downstream) from the suspension bridge.  This trail will soon shift to heading in an east/west direction.

7/24/2022 - There is a large tree blocking the trail between North Sand Flats trail (trail heading east from the ranger station) and Bailey Bridge that is not stock passable for either the Woods or Bubbs Creek trails.  The South Sand Flats trail (trail initially heading southwest from the ranger station) is a recommended alternative for stock to get to the Woods or Bubbs Creek areas.

8/03/2022 - The south end of Glen Pass has significant rock fall on a section of the switchbacks. There is a large 20' precarious rock terrace. This could pose a major hazard for stock use and any movement of rock is discouraged as loose rock may fall on hikers.

8/04/2022 - Bubbs Creek to Sphinx Creek switchbacks have rock and sand debris in some areas, some patches roughly 2' deep.

East Lake

The East Creek Bridge to East Lake has completed construction.
6/27/2022 - Bubbs Creek to East Lake crossing is 1-1 1/2' deep. It's crossable at an island 1/4 mile upstream with trekking poles. Patches of moderately high mosquitoes going up some of the greener sections of Sphinx Creek, then none to speak of until Reflection Lake.  Stock passable.

Gardiner Pass

No report available at this time.

Sixty Lakes Basin

No report available at this time.

Don Cecil

No report available at this time.

Mist Falls / Paradise Valley / Woods Creek

No report available at this time.

Wilderness Trails

East Lake

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Goddard Canyon

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Tehipite Valley

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Middle Fork Kings

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Bishop Pass/Dusy Basin

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Palisade Creek

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Evolution Basin

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Mather Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Upper Basin

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Darwin/Bench

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Piute Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Muir Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. .

Lamarck Col

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Pinchot Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Sawmill Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Taboose Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Baxter Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Kearsarge Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 
 

Forester Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions.  

Shepherd Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. .

Mount Whitney Trail

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Mt Langley

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

John Muir Trail (JMT)

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Army Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

New Army Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Cottonwood Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Miter Basin

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. .

Kern Canyon

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Guyot Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Rock Creek

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

Siberian Pass

11/10/2022 - Expect winter conditions. 

 
New Army Pass
New Army Pass, photo by N. Ver

Last updated: January 17, 2023

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