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. For the most up to date information on frontcountry trails, check in at the visitor center closest to your trailhead.

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

Road (Hwy-180) down to Cedar Grove and Roads End has closed for the season.

Wilderness Trails

Avalanche Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Lewis Creek and Kennedy Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Copper Creek and Granite Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

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

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Gardnier Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Sixty Lakes Basin

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.


Frontcountry Trails

Hotel Creek

8/4 - Hotel Creek Trail is mostly clear of downed trees. Trail is passable through to Cedar Grove Overlook and the junction with Lewis Creek trail.

Kings Canyon- West of Sierra Crest

Road (Hwy-180) down to Cedar Grove and Roads End has closed for the season.

Wilderness Trails

East Lake

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Goddard Canyon

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Tehipite Valley

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Middle Fork Kings

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Grant Grove and Jennie Lakes Wilderness Area

Wilderness Trails

Big Meadows Road

7/15 - Partially open to the junction with Marvin Pass road. Road is washed out just beyond the junction with Marvin Pass Road; there is no vehicle access to the Rowell Meadow trailhead. For more information, contact the Hume Lake Ranger Station at 559-338-2251.

JO Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Seville, Ranger, and Lost Lakes and Belle Canyon

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Redwood Canyon

1/3 - Redwood Canyon Road is not plowed during the winter.

Sugarloaf Valley and Roaring River

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Weaver Lake: camp at least 100ft away from lake

No report available at this time.

Jennie Lake: camp at least 100ft away from lake

No report available at this time.

Frontcountry Trails

Panoramic Point

1/3 - Closed.

Lodgepole, Wolverton, and Crescent Meadow

Wilderness Trails

Twin Lakes Trail


1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft. Bear boxes both damaged at Twin Lakes.

Alta Peak Trail

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Lakes Trail (Pear Lake)

12/10 - Watchtower trail is closed for the winter. You can ski from the Wolverton parking lot to the Hut. Hut Keepers reported 3' of snow at the Wolverton parking lot and 4' at the Hut.

12/18 - There is still 4' of snow at the Hut and coverage from the Hut to the Wolverton parking lot, but conditions are fairly icy along the whole route.

1/3 - Hut Keepers reported 4ft 9inches of snow at Pear Lake Winter Hut with 100% coverage from the Wolverton Parking Lot to the Hut. There are variable conditions depending on aspect and elevation. Snow is sticky and so skin wax will be visitor's best friend if they are skiing to the Hut. There are a few small slides at various aspects near the base of Winter Alta. We encourage caution for visitors traveling to the Pear Lake Winter Hut and remind them that they are responsible for their own safety and avalanche knowledge.

Tablelands

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

High Sierra Trail

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Copper Mine Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Colby Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Elizabeth Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Foothills

Wilderness Trails

Middle Fork Trail

1/3 - Middle Fork Road is closed. Hikers must park at Hospitol Rock parking lot and walk 1.5 miles to the trailhead.

Garfield Grove Trail (South Fork)

12/15 - Numerous downed trees and some hanging snags for the first 2-3 miles that require climbing over or off-trail passage. Downed trees are scattered approximately every 20-50 yards apart. Occasional or sporadic downed trees after that. Snow line approximately 4,500'. Drainages and creeks are passable with caution. Snow depth at Snowslide Canyon approximately 12 inches.


Ladybug Trail (South Fork)

11/13 - Several trees have fallen across the trail, but almost all are passable without having to go around.

Lower Colony Mill Trail (North Fork)

No report available at this time.

Frontcountry Trails

Marble Falls

Unremarkable.

Paradise Creek

11/13- Be cautious of potential hazard trees that may drop branches or fall.

Mineral King and Kern Canyon

Mineral King Road is now closed for the season.

Wilderness Trails

Paradise Ridge Trail

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Timber Gap

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Tar Gap

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Black Rock Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Glacier Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Sawtooth Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Farewell Gap

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Franklin Lakes and Franklin Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

White Chief, Eagle Lake, and Mosquito Lakes

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Atwell/Hockett Trail

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

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 Permit Office at (760) 873-2483 or check their trails conditions page for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/recreation/.

Bishop Pass/Dusy Basin

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Evolution Basin

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Mather Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Upper Basin

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Piute Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Muir Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Lamarck Col

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Pinchot Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Sawmill Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Taboose Pass


1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

1/3 - Taboose Pass Trail on the Inyo National Forest will be closed this fall and winter. Trans-Sierra trips this fall or winter will need to use a different exit location. For more information please see the Inyo National Forest website and closure order. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD666615

Baxter Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Kearsarge Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Forester Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Shepherd Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Mount Whitney Trail

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Mt Langley

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

John Muir Trail (JMT)

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Army Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

New Army Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Cottonwood Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Kern Canyon

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Guyot Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Rock Creek

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

Siberian Pass

1/3 - No report at this time. Expect winter conditons above 6,000 ft.

 
New Army Pass
New Army Pass

Photo by N. Ver

 

Last updated: January 21, 2020

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