Cedar Grove and Roads End
The road into Cedar Grove and Roads End is closed for the season.
Both sides completely washed out, hard to navigate and easy to lose the trail.
Lewis Creek and Kennedy Pass
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
Clear to stock and foot travel from Bubbs Creek to Inlet of East Lake. East Creek Bridge is missing railings but passable.
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
Seville, Ranger, and Lost Lakes and Belle 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.
The Upper Marble Fork drainage is dry. Larger lakes in the Tablelands will have water to filter.
High Sierra Trail
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.
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.
Junction Meadow to Colby Pass on Sequoia side is very overgrown and hard to follow. Requires route finding skills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6/28 - No snow on pass. Misleading cairns from Columbine Lake to pass have been removed, route should now be easier to follow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
South Side of the Pass very washed out. Stock not recommended.
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.
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.
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.
6/27 - Expect snow pack above 10,500 ft on North facing slopes.
6/27 - Expect snow pack above 10,500 ft on North facing slopes.
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.
7/25 - Snow free. Not advisable for stock travel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.