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. This information is provided to you by wilderness rangers who are currently in the field and is updated according to their patrols. There are very few of these rangers in the field during the shoulder seasons and 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.

Lewis Creek and Kennedy Pass

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft. There are no wilderness rangers on duty during the fall/winter. Condition reports are not as frequent during these months.

Copper Creek and Granite Pass

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.

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

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.Condition reports are not as frequent during these months.

Kings Canyon- West of Sierra Crest

East Lake

11/20 - No reports


Goddard Canyon

11/20 - No Reports


Middle Fork Kings/ Tehipite

11/20 - No Reports

Grant Grove and Jennie Lakes Wilderness Area

Trailhead access roads are now open at Rowell Meadow and Marvin Pass.

JO Pass

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.

Big Meadows Road is open to Horse Corral.

Seville, Ranger, and Lost Lakes and Belle Canyon

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.

Redwood Canyon

11/20 - No reports

Sugarloaf Valley and Roaring River

Big Meadows Road is now open to Horse Corral.

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.

Weaver Lake: camp at least 100ft away from lake.

11/20 - No reports

Jennie Lake: camp at least 100ft away from lake.

11/20 - No Reports

Lodgepole, Wolverton, and Crescent Meadow

Twin Lakes Trail

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.

Alta Peak Trail

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.

Pear Lake Trail

11/20 - No reports

Tablelands

11/20 - No reports

High Sierra Trail


11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.

Copper Mine Pass

11/20 - No reports.


Colby Pass

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.

Elizabeth Pass

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.

Foothills

Middle Fork Trail

10/6 - Hosptol Rock Gate will close with wet weather. Hikers can park at the Hosptol Rock pic-nic area and walk the road (1.5 miles) to the trailhead.

8/22 - River Valley Creek is flucuating around 1 ft deep where the creek crosses the trail. Aproximately 100 ft upstream, the creek is 2-4 inches deep.

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 closed for the season.

Paradise Ridge Trail

11/20 - No reports

Timber Gap

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.Condition reports are not as frequent during these months.

Tar Gap

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.Condition reports are not as frequent during these months.

Black Rock Pass

11/20 - No reports.

Glacier Pass

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.Condition reports are not as frequent during these months.


Sawtooth Pass

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.Condition reports are not as frequent during these months.

Farewell Gap

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.Condition reports are not as frequent during these months.

Franklin Lakes and Franklin Pass

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.Condition reports are not as frequent during these months.

White Chief, Eagle Lake, and Mosquito Lakes

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft.Condition reports are not as frequent during these months.

Atwell/Hockett Trail

11/20 - No reports.

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

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft. There are no wilderness rangers on duty during the fall/winter. Condition reports are not as frequent during these months.

Mather Pass

11/20 - No reports.

Upper Basin

11/20 - No reports.

Piute Pass

11/20 - No reports.

Muir Pass

11/20 - No reports.

Pinchot Pass

11/20 - No reports.


Taboose Pass

11/20 - No reports.

Sawmill Pass

11/20 - No reports.

Baxter Pass

11/20 - No reports.

Kearsarge Pass

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft. There are no wilderness rangers on duty during the fall/winter. Condition reports are not as frequent during these months.

Forester Pass

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft. There are no wilderness rangers on duty during the fall/winter. Condition reports are not as frequent during these months.

Shepherd Pass

11/20 - No reports.

Mount Whitney Trail

11/20 - Expect winter conditions above 10,000 ft. There are no wilderness rangers on duty during the fall/winter. Condition reports are not as frequent during these months.

Old Army Pass

11/20 - No reports.

New Army Pass

11/20 - No reports.

Cottonwood Pass

11/20 - No reports.

Kern Canyon

11/20 - No reports.

Rock Creek

11/20 - No reports.

 
New Army Pass
New Army Pass

Photo by N. Ver

 

Last updated: November 20, 2017

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