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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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.

 

Cedar Grove and Roads End

Wilderness Trails

Highway 180 to Cedar Grove is closed for the season at the Hume Lake turnoff.

Avalanche Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Lewis Creek and Kennedy Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Copper Creek and Granite Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

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

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Gardiner Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Sixty Lakes Basin

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Don Cecil

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.


Frontcountry Trails

Hotel Creek

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Kings Canyon- West of Sierra Crest

Wilderness Trails

East Lake

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Goddard Canyon

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Tehipite Valley

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Middle Fork Kings

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Grant Grove and Jennie Lakes Wilderness Area

Wilderness Trails

Big Meadows Road

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions. Road access may be limited in winter.

JO Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions. Road access may be limited in winter.

Seville, Ranger, and Lost Lakes and Belle Canyon

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions. Road access may be limited in winter.

Redwood Canyon

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions. Road access may be limited in winter.

Sugarloaf Valley and Roaring River

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions. Road access may be limited in winter.

Weaver Lake: camp at least 100 feet away from lake

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions. Road access may be limited in winter.

Jennie Lake: camp at least 100 feet away from lake

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions. Road access may be limited in winter.

Frontcountry Trails

Panoramic Point

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions. Road access may be limited in winter.

Lodgepole, Wolverton, and Crescent Meadow

Wilderness Trails

Twin Lakes Trail

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Alta Peak Trail

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Lakes Trail (Pear Lake)

12/10 - Watchtower Trail closed for the winter.

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Tablelands

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

High Sierra Trail

10/1 - Due to the Rattlesnake Fire, the following area is temporarily closed to all individuals: Beginning at the south boundary of the Sequoia National Park with the intersection of the Great Western Divide, north along the Great Western Divide to Kaweah Gap, southeast to Chagoopa Plateau along the base of the Kaweah Peaks to the Kern Canyon, north to Junction Meadow and the Colby Pass Trail (not included), east along the High Sierra Trail (not included) to the John Muir Trail/PCT (not included), south along the PCT (not included) to the park boundary, and west along the park boundary back to the point of origin. For the most recent updates and a map of the closures, check the Inciweb page for the Rattlesnake Fire.

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Copper Mine Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Colby Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Elizabeth Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Foothills

Wilderness Trails

Middle Fork Trail

1/28 - no report available at this time; winter conditions possible.

2/9/2021 - visitor reported this trail is snow free up to 4000' elevation; Moro Creek running high and swift (knee deep) in the afternoon and reported to be very cold; two yucca stalks are down over the trail about a mile apart but are not reported to be blocking the trail; ticks are out but not very numerous; Panther Creek is cold but can be crossed fairly easily. Report only available to Panther Creek.

Garfield Grove Trail (South Fork)

1/28 - closed.

Ladybug Trail (South Fork)

1/28 - closed.

Lower Colony Mill Trail (North Fork)

1/28 - no report available at this time; winter conditions possible.

Frontcountry Trails

Marble Falls

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Paradise Creek

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Mineral King and Kern Canyon

Mineral King road is closed for the season.


Wilderness Trails

10/3 - Due to the Rattlesnake Fire and SQF Complex, the following area is temporarily closed to all individuals: All lands within the exterior boundary of Sequoia National Park in the Kern River drainage, Tule River drainage, East Fork Kaweah River drainage, and the portion of the Middle Fork Kaweah River drainage south of a line defined by the river and the ridge between the Hamilton Lakes basin and Eagle Scout Creek drainage For the most recent updates and a map of the closures, check the Inciweb page for the Rattlesnake Fire.

Paradise Ridge Trail

1/28 - no report available at this time; closures still in effect.

Timber Gap

1/28 - no report available at this time; closures still in effect.

Tar Gap

1/28 - no report available at this time; closures still in effect.

Black Rock Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; closures still in effect.

Glacier Pass

10/3 - Trail closed due to SQF Complex and Rattlesanke Fires.

Sawtooth Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; closures still in effect.

Farewell Gap

1/28 - no report available at this time; closures still in effect.

Franklin Lakes and Franklin Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; closures still in effect.

White Chief, Eagle Lake, and Mosquito Lakes

1/28 - no report available at this time; closures still in effect.

Atwell/Hockett Trail

1/28 - no report available at this time; closures still in effect.

Sierra Crest and East Side (Inyo National Forest)

As pandemic conditions evolve in California, closures and restrictions may impact your travel. Be sure to check online or by calling visitor centers for National Forests to learn if the most recent regional stay at home orders and/or access limitations have an impact on your plans.

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 trail conditions page for more information.

Bishop Pass/Dusy Basin

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Evolution Basin

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Mather Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Upper Basin

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Dawin/Bench

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Piute Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Muir Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Lamarck Col

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Pinchot Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Sawmill Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Taboose Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Baxter Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Kearsarge Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Forester Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Shepherd Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Mount Whitney Trail

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Mt Langley

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

John Muir Trail (JMT)

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Army Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

New Army Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Cottonwood Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Miter Basin

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Kern Canyon

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions; closure in effect.

Guyot Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Rock Creek

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

Siberian Pass

1/28 - no report available at this time; expect winter conditions.

 
New Army Pass
New Army Pass

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47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

(559) 565-3341

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