California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Guide- October 19th

The dirtbag climbers are out in full force these last few weeks as the sending temps remain good. As for you skiers out there catch a plane to Bellingham, Wa because Mount Baker is getting hammered! The report will be going back to weekly as of Nov 1st. 

Welcome to our bi-monthly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a bi-monthly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

The snow that covered the mountains a month ago is almost gone, leaving the IAG Team envious of the massive amount of snow the Great Pacific Northwest is currently getting.  There is a possible dusting this weekend but the discussion forecast talks of a ridge building giving us rock climbing sending temps into next week.  

Palisades NOAA Weather Forecast

Tuolumne Meadows NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra Guided Backcountry Skiing

Tahoe

Drive down to Reno and catch a flight to Mt Baker. 

Castle Peak (Donner Summit) 7500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Mount Shasta

Shasta has a possible 16 inches coming in with the atmospheric river that is hitting the PNW.  

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (Observations only)

Bridgeport Avalanche Center (Northern High Sierra)

Sierra Avalanche Center (Lake Tahoe Area)

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center
 

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Today and Friday look like a no go for the High Sierra with the brief storm system that is blowing in. low temps, high winds and possible snow. The forecast stabilizes on Saturday with day time temps returning to 50's and overnight temps in the mid 20's. 

Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

Shasta might be receiving its first foot of snow this upcoming weekend! 

Mount Shasta 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

It might be breezy but the temps are dipping down into the high 60's for the weekend before returning to the 80's. 

Joshua Tree, Hidden Valley Campground NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra

Rock-ober is in full swing here in the Eastern Sierra. Put on a long sleeve and enjoy climbing in the sun. 

Owens River Gorge NOAA Weather Forecast

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Pine Creek Canyon (mouth of canyon) NOAA Weather Forecast

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Temps in the Valley remain perfect for climbing. 

Tuolumne Meadow has a chance of receiving some snow and the pass is currently closed today and should be open by Saturday.  The temps this weekend though look great if the rock remains dry. 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast
Tuolumne Meadows 8600 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

There is rumors that ice is forming up in Lee Vining and Lundy Canyon.

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
Ice climbing Courses 2017/18

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report- October 4t

The Eastern Sierra has been teasing us for the past two weeks, oscillating between fall and winter. Ski dreams and fall climbing temps might put you in an infinite loop of preying for snow and feeling bad for it. The report will be going back to weekly as of Nov 1st. 

Welcome to our bi-monthly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a bi-monthly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

 

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

There is rumors that a select few got fresh turns in the storm 2 weeks ago-source and number of turns unverified. 

Palisades NOAA Weather Forecast

Tuolumne Meadows NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra Guided Backcountry Skiing

Tahoe

Make a fire, drink a beer, and dream of all the skiing you are going to be doing this year. 

Castle Peak (Donner Summit) 7500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Mount Shasta

Nothing New. 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (Observations only)

Bridgeport Avalanche Center (Northern High Sierra)

Sierra Avalanche Center (Lake Tahoe Area)

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center
 

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Climbing up in the high Sierra might be good, if you prepare for cold, possible wet rock, and snow patches. The storm 2 weeks ago put down 6-12 inches in the high country.  The cold temps have lingered and another dusting last night might put a damper on fall alpine climbing. 

Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

High winds forcasted all week. 

Mount Shasta 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Its starting to cool down in J-Tree so chasing the shade is becoming an option again. 

Joshua Tree, Hidden Valley Campground NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra

Rock-ober is in full swing here in the Eastern Sierra. Put on a long sleeve and enjoy climbing in the sun. 

Owens River Gorge NOAA Weather Forecast

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Pine Creek Canyon (mouth of canyon) NOAA Weather Forecast

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

The climbing this weekend in Yosemite Valley is going to be great this week with temps that call for sending. 

Tuolumne Meadow  temps are going to be great for climbing this weekend if you can find dry rock. 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast
Tuolumne Meadows 8600 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

There is rumors that ice is forming up in Lee Vining and Lundy Canyon.

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
Ice climbing Courses 2017/18

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report - July 12th

Summer is in full swing in the Eastern Sierra with higher elevation trails opening up, climbing routes in good condition, and the wildflowers are popping.  You might spot the occasional backcountry skier looking surly in the high elevations.  The backcountry report is going to be published every other week until the snow flies and the ice starts to form. If you need an update in the off week, post in the comments section and we would be happy to give you an update. 

Welcome to our bi-monthly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a bi-monthly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

Bear Creek Spire                                                                                            Photo Credit: Dave Miller

Bear Creek Spire                                                                                            Photo Credit: Dave Miller

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

Skiing in Eastern Sierra is wrapping up for the year. There is still snow but at this point it seems a little novel. If skis dreams are still haunting you late at night, look for sheltered aspects above 11000' and definitely be dropping in before 10:00am. But the fact that we are even talking about backcountry skiing in the Sierra in the middle of July is quite remarkable. Some skiers have reported good turns off Tioga Pass. 
 

Palisades NOAA Weather Forecast

Tuolumne Meadows NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra Guided Backcountry Skiing

Tahoe

Grab a 6 pack and go to the lake; backcountry skiing forecast for this area is done for the season.

Castle Peak (Donner Summit) 7500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Mount Shasta

The snow is starting to get funky at lower elevations with large sun cups forming, patches of rocks and general mank.  The upper elevations are holding up for now. Summer is upon us so who knows how long the skiing is going to last. For daily updated on climbing and skiing on Shasta Call The Fifth Season's conditions line. 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (Observations only)

Bridgeport Avalanche Center (Northern High Sierra)

Sierra Avalanche Center (Lake Tahoe Area)

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center
 

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Climbing up in the alpine in Eastern Sierra is going to be great this weekend with moderate temps and little to no wind. Watch for T-Storm development as there is a slight chance today through the weekend. Snow pack levels are ranging from well over 11,000 ft to the South near Mt Whitney to around 10,200 feet in the Mammoth area and melting very, very fast. The boot travel on snow slopes over 20 degrees is good with the snow pack being very supportable, but traveling on flatter snow covered terrain is getting to be very sun cupped  above the aforementioned elevations. 

Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

Shasta looks good this weekend with sun and warm temps. Tons of snow are making for a great climbing season! Lots of sun cupping down low though. 

Mount Shasta 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Very hot! Enough said.

Joshua Tree, Hidden Valley Campground NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra

Be cautious crossing streams this weekend as the snow pack continues to melt and water levels continue to be above normal.  Temps will be the in the low 100's all through the weekend down in Bishop and in the 80's up near Mammoth. 

Pine Creek Canyon is snow free but the temps will be in the 80's this weekend. 

Rock Creek is dry and has been in good climbing conditions for weeks.  Mid day temps are starting to be a little warm, so seeking shade in the afternoon is ideal. The river crossing is just a little hairy, so take it slow and watch your footing.  The Patricia Bowl approach might still have snow in patches but the climbing is great!

Our  team was out climbing this past week and stopped in at Rock Creek Lakes Resort, once known for pies, for some post climbing calorie replacement and were pleasantly surprised! They are know doing excellent smoked meats and local beers on tap. They have a happy hour on Friday and Saturday afternoon/evening with $4 pints.  Support a local business and check them out! 

Clarks Canyon road is free of snow and the road is in good condition. The day time temps are going to be in the 80 this weekend. 

The road to Crystal Crag is plowed to around Lake George. The walk up is still has patches of snow and there might be patches of snow on the decent. Crystal Crag is in great shape! 

Be advised that the mosquitos, gnats, and biting flies are relentless in some climbing areas right now.

Owens River Gorge NOAA Weather Forecast

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Pine Creek Canyon (mouth of canyon) NOAA Weather Forecast

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

The climbing this weekend in Yosemite Valley is going to be a little warm this weekend with temps in the 80's. 

Tuolumne Meadow is open and in great shape!!! No snow really below 9500 feet. Beware that the services are limited till mid July and no campgrounds are open in the hIgh country. No water, gas or market. 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast
Tuolumne Meadows 8600 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

The ice climbing report is done for the season. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
Ice Cimbing Classes...winter 2016/17

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report

Climbing, Skiing, BBQ and Beer marks this holiday weekend! Celebrate the long 4th of July weekend by enjoying your public land. 

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

Photo Credit: Ross Hill

Photo Credit: Ross Hill

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

Skiing below 10k is quickly disappearing with nightly temps in the mid 40's. We are still in the hight of our melt so beware of stream crossings getting to higher elevations.  The forecast for this long weekend looks good at 11000' and above with nightly freezing. Sonora Pass, Tioga Pass and the Palisades are looking the best for skiing. 

SUMMARY: Look for sheltered aspects above 11000' and definitely be dropping in before 10:00am. 

Palisades NOAA Weather Forecast

Tuolumne Meadows NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra Guided Backcountry Skiing

Tahoe

Grab a 6 pack and go to the lake; backcountry skiing forecast for this area is done for the season.

Castle Peak (Donner Summit) 7500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Mount Shasta

The corn cycle on the upper mountain is going strong still. This weekends weather looks good for climbing and skiing but thunderstorms appear in the forecast for Monday.  Timing is everything this time of year to get the goods top to bottom. 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (Observations only)

Bridgeport Avalanche Center (Northern High Sierra)

Sierra Avalanche Center (Lake Tahoe Area)

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center
 

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Climbing in  Eastern Sierra is going to be great this weekend with moderate temps and little to no wind. Some approaches to high sierra climbs such as Temple Crag are absolutely ideal with dry trails to 10,200 feet and then supportable snow on the talus and scree approaches. Nows the time to get after it! Especially with the hot temps in the low lands.

Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

Shasta looks good this weekend with sun and warm temps. Tons of snow are making for a great climbing season!

Mount Shasta 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Very hot! Enough said.

Joshua Tree, Hidden Valley Campground NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra

The snow pack is continuing to melt out quite fast and there is a flood warning for the Owen's River Valley. Be cautious  crossing streams this weekend.  Temps will be the in the low 100's all through the weekend. 

Pine Creek Canyon is snow free but the temps will be in the 80's this weekend. 

Rock Creek is dry and has been in good climbing conditions for weeks. Mid day temps are starting to be a little warm, so seeking shade in the afternoon is ideal. The river crossing is just a little hairy, so take it slow and watch your footing.  The Patricia Bowl approach is still snowed in but the rock is dry and most of the platforms on First Cliff are snow free. 

Clarks Canyon road is free of snow and the road is in good condition. The day time temps are going to be in the 80 this weekend. 

The road to Crystal Crag is plowed to around Lake George. The walk up is still snowy and there might be patches of snow on the decent. North Arete is in great shape but the base sport climbs are perhaps two bolts shorter due to snow. 

Be advised that the mosquitos, gnats, and biting flies are relentless in some climbing areas right now.

Owens River Gorge NOAA Weather Forecast

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Pine Creek Canyon (mouth of canyon) NOAA Weather Forecast

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Photo Credit: John Holt

Photo Credit: John Holt

The climbing this weekend in Yosemite Valley is going to be a little warm this weekend with temps in the 80's. 

Tuolumne Meadow opened this week!!! Beware that the services are limited till mid July and no campgrounds are open in the hIgh country. No water, gas or market. Watch out for localized flooding on the road as well as debris. 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast
Tuolumne Meadows 8600 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

The ice climbing report is done for the season. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
Ice Cimbing Classes...winter 2016/17

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing

Sonora Pass was opened this past weekend making skiing back to the car possible again! Its going to be hot this weekend so think about alpine starts and afternoon beers. This is the weekend report for June 16th!

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

 

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

Temps this week were normal with nightly freezing earlier in the week. This is welcome news for skiers and riders here on the Eastside and the corn harvest will return in earnest for a few days, at least. Snow levels have retreated to 1000' throughout most of the east side. We are experience a hot spell this weekend with temps in the high 70's at 1000'  and afternoon thunderstorms. Skiing from the car is back as Sonora Pass just opened up! No news on Tioga Pass. 

SUMMARY: Look for sheltered aspects above 10,000' and definitely be dropping in before 10:00am. 

Mammoth Crest 10,000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra Guided Backcountry Skiing

Tahoe

Same news for Tahoe. Snow line is retreating quickly. Temps have not been allowing corn cycle to return. 

Castle Peak (Donner Summit) 7500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Mount Shasta

The corn cycle on the upper mountain is going to strong still.  Timing is everything this time of year to get the good top to bottom. 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (Observations only)

Bridgeport Avalanche Center (Northern High Sierra)

Sierra Avalanche Center (Lake Tahoe Area)

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center
 

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Climbing in  Eastern Sierra is going to be a review in watching the weather. Temps look great in the Palisades and Mammoth Crest  but watch out for those T-Storms all weekend. 

Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

Shasta looks good this weekend with sun and warm temps.

Mount Shasta 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

The climbing season in Joshua Tree is quickly coming to an end. Very hot!

Joshua Tree, Hidden Valley Campground NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra

The snow pack is continuing to melt out quite fast and there is a flood warning for the Owen's River Valley. Be cautious  crossing streams this weekend.  Temps will be the in the low 100's all through the weekend. 

Pine Creek Canyon is snow free, but heads up on rappels as there are seasonal waterfalls and streams at the base of some of the walls.  The temps will be in the 80's this weekend with a chance of thunderstorms all weekend. 

Rock Creek is dry and has been in good climbing conditions for weeks. Mid day temps are starting to be a little warm, so seeking shade is a good idea. The river crossing is just a little hairy, so take it slow and watch your footing.  Patricia Bowl is still snowed in and the rock appears to be wet. 

Clarks Canyon road is free of snow and the road is in good condition. The day time temps are going to be in the 80 this weekend. 

The road to Crystal Crag is plowed to around Lake George. The walk up is still snowy and there might be patches of snow on the decent. North Arete is in great shape but the base sport climbs are perhaps two bolts shorter due to snow. 

Be advised that the mosquitos, gnats, and biting flies are relentless in all climbing areas right now.

Owens River Gorge NOAA Weather Forecast

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Pine Creek Canyon (mouth of canyon) NOAA Weather Forecast

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

The climbing this weekend in Yosemite Valley is going to be a little warm this weekend with temps in the 80's and chance of t-storms all weekend. 

Tuolumne Meadow is going to be closed for a little longer.   Yosemite National Park reported on June 6th, "National Park Service road crews (plowing eastbound) and Caltrans road crews (plowing westbound) have met at Tioga Pass. Within the park, road crews are working on parking lots, side roads, and portions of the road that are only plowed one lane wide. Crews are also removing debris from the roadway, culverts, and ditches. Three avalanche zones are still active. Road opening is not imminent; much work still remains before the road will be safe to open. The Tioga Road is closed from South Fork Bridge (6.5 miles east of Tuolumne Grove/NatureBridge in the Crane Flat area) to Tioga Pass" 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast
Tuolumne Meadows 8600 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

The ice climbing report is done for the season. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
Ice Cimbing Classes...winter 2016/17

California Climbing and Backcountry Ski Report

Good news out of the Eastern Sierra this week with Caltrans and Yosemite road crews meeting at the park. Hopefully within a week or so we will be skiing Tuolumne! This is the weekend climbing and skiing report for June 10th.

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

Taken 1 mile past Horsecreek Trailhead at 10K.  

Taken 1 mile past Horsecreek Trailhead at 10K.  

 

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

Temps stayed warmer than average this last weekend, but a system to our north is forecast to bring temps back down to normal-ish for this time of year. This is welcome news for skiers and riders here on the Eastside and the corn harvest will return in earnest for a few days, at least. Snow levels have retreated to 9500' throughout most of the east side. Skiing from the car is very nearly done for the season, but that may all change in the next week or two with news today that the CalTrans and NPS crews have cleared Tioga Pass and have now begun work clearing parking lots, pullouts, and ensuring that avalanche prone slopes are safe for public travel. Sonora Pass is opening very soon, and Ebbett's Pass has suffered flood damage and may be the last of the three to open. 

SUMMARY: Saturday night will be the coldest in 2 weeks with freezing temps down to 7k. Skiing on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will be the best we've seen in several weeks. 

Mammoth Crest 10,000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra Guided Backcountry Skiing

Tahoe

Look else where for skiing this weekend, the storm system blowing in is going to hit Tahoe with a chance of rain/snow at higher elevations  all weekend and highs in the 50's and lows in the 40's. 

Castle Peak (Donner Summit) 7500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Mount Shasta

The winter like storm that is moving across northern California is going to hit shasta hard. High winds, low temps and considerable snow fall at higher elevations.  This weekend might be a no go for skiing but be on powder alert for the start of next week. 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (Observations only)

Bridgeport Avalanche Center (Northern High Sierra)

Sierra Avalanche Center (Lake Tahoe Area)

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center
 

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Climbing in  Eastern Sierra looks good this weekend.  Temps in the Mammoth Crest and the Palisades are going to be in the mid to high 50's during the day and high 30's overnight. The only thing to be aware of is that it might be a bit windy all weekend as a storm system moves through. 

Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

Shasta may be tough going this weekend. The storm system moving over the northern parts of California is going to hit Shasta, producing high winds and 6-12 inches of fresh snow at the summit and rain below 9,500 feet. 

Mount Shasta 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

The climbing season in Joshua Tree is quickly coming to an end. Very hot!

Joshua Tree, Hidden Valley Campground NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra

The snow pack is continuing to melt out quite fast and there is a flood warning for the Owen's River Valley. Be cautious  crossing streams this weekend.  Temps will be the high 80's  and overnight temps in the mid 40's.  

Pine Creek Canyon is snow free, but heads up on rappels as there are seasonal waterfalls and streams at the base of some of the walls.  The temps at Pine Creek have been great!

Rock Creek is dry and has been in good climbing conditions for weeks. Mid day temps are starting to be a little warm, so seeking shade is a good idea. The river crossing is just a little hairy, so take it slow and watch your footing.  Patricia Bowl is still snowed in and the rock appears to be wet. 

Clarks Canyon road is free of snow and the road is in good condition. The day time temps are warm, so think about the shade game for this weekend. 

The road to Crystal Crag is plowed to around Lake George. The walk up is still snowy and there might be patches of snow on the decent. North Arete is in great shape but the base sport climbs are perhaps two bolts shorter due to snow. 

Be advised that the mosquitos, gnats, and biting flies are relentless in all climbing areas right now.

Owens River Gorge NOAA Weather Forecast

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

The climbing this weekend in Yosemite Valley looks nice with highs in the mid 50's and lows in the 40's. A disturbance passed though today but it should clear up. Climber traffic has been fairly mellow right now. 

Tuolumne Meadow is going to be closed for a little longer.   Yosemite National Park reported on June 6th, "National Park Service road crews (plowing eastbound) and Caltrans road crews (plowing westbound) have met at Tioga Pass. Within the park, road crews are working on parking lots, side roads, and portions of the road that are only plowed one lane wide. Crews are also removing debris from the roadway, culverts, and ditches. Three avalanche zones are still active. Road opening is not imminent; much work still remains before the road will be safe to open. The Tioga Road is closed from South Fork Bridge (6.5 miles east of Tuolumne Grove/NatureBridge in the Crane Flat area) to Tioga Pass" 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast
Tuolumne Meadows 8600 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

The ice climbing report is done for the season. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
Ice Cimbing Classes...winter 2016/17

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report - May 11th

After last weekends little rain/snow event, spring is in full force and it looks like this weekend is going to be great. The weekend's almost here, so load up the climbing, skiing and hotspringin' gear and head into the mountains. This is the weekend report for May 10th

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

After last weekends brief rain/snow event, a strong ridge of high pressure has developed over the Sierra bringing warm temps.  This weekend the day time temps are in the mid 60's with lows in the mid to high 30's. In the June Lakes and Mammoth area the corn cycle came in strong with corn on all aspects by noon and mushing up around 1:30 to 2:30 pm.  With temperatures climbing this weekend, higher elevation snow is going to stay nice, longer. Pockets of colder snow might be lurking in north facing aspects above 11,000 feet. As always, know before you go and consult ESAC. 

Mammoth Crest 10,000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra Guided Backcountry Skiing

Tahoe

Tahoe had similar conditions as the lower elevation of the Eastern Sierra. Things are turning to mush quickly so get going early! 

Castle Peak (Donner Summit) 7500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Mount Shasta

IAG/SMG Guide Ryan on a Shasta Ski Mission. Photo Credit: Ryan Sorenson  

IAG/SMG Guide Ryan on a Shasta Ski Mission. Photo Credit: Ryan Sorenson  

The wind has been plaguing Shasta's corn cycle this week. Rime ice and wind effected snow is developing on the upper elevations with Spring like conditions mid to lower mountain. The corn cycle is coming in strong around 10,000 feet at noon becoming mush by 3:00.  This weekend it looks like Shasta may receive a little reset with snow in the forecast Thursday- Tuesday. 

 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (Observations only)

Bridgeport Avalanche Center (Northern High Sierra)

Sierra Avalanche Center (Lake Tahoe Area)

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center
 

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

The ice climbing report is done for the season. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
Ice Cimbing Classes...winter 2016/17

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

This weekend looks pretty fantastic for some climbing/skiing missions high in the sierra with day time times in the mid 40's and night time temps in the 20's. 

Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

The Shasta climbing season is almost upon us. But for now, keep in mind that there is still heavy winter like snowpack.  Another storm is coming in Thursday through the weekend possibly shutting down summit attempts. 

Mount Shasta 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast
 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

The climbing season in Joshua Tree is quickly coming to an end. 

Joshua Tree, Hidden Valley Campground NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra

Chasing the shade is the name of the game in the Owens's River Valley with high temps and relatively little wind.

Pine Creek Canyon is relatively snow free with patches lingering. Higher temps have made it quite pleasant in the canyon. 

 Be advised that LADWP is working in the Central Gorge. Access to some of the areas might be restricted. It was getting pretty hot in the sun down here but with colder temps this weekend and early next week it may be the place to go. 

All Mammoth area climbs are still under heavy snow. 

Owens River Gorge NOAA Weather Forecast

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

The climbing this weekend in Yosemite Valley couldn't get any more perfect with temps in the high 50's and little wind. 

Road crews started clearing Tioga pass this past week, with any luck we all will be bc skiing in Tuolumne soon. 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast
Tuolumne Meadows 8600 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

California Climbing & Backcountry Skiing Report - April 24, 2017

After a brief hiatus the climbing & backcountry skiing conditions report is back! Here's the report for April 24th.  Spring is in full force here in the Eastern Sierra. Several small storms have been moving through the region bringing what might have been our last powder day, last Wednesday, but mostly high winds. There is plenty of corn still to be harvested, so don't put away your touring boots yet. Road crews have started to clear Tioga Pass this past week!!

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

Backcountry skiing the past week was has been a mixed bag with warm temps and high winds. We saw a lot of wet slides in lower elevations and wind slabs in the higher.  The corn cycle was strong in the lower elevations that quickly turned to heavy snow around 1300. Touring up could be quite spicy in the mornings with ski crampons being a must. 

With another quick set of storms moving through mid week conditions might be similar- with less corn to harvest. However, the long term forecast is calling for sunny weather so things may improve dramatically.

Mammoth Crest 10,000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra Guided Backcountry Skiing

Big slide activity at Mammoth Mountain last week.

Big slide activity at Mammoth Mountain last week.

Tahoe

Tahoe also has seen a wild ride of high winds and big temperature swings. Tahoe has a huge snowpack now and everything is skiable. Warm temps are on hand in the next week so it's time to look at those South faces possibly. Can't imagine it will be easy to find cold snow this coming week. 

Castle Peak (Donner Summit) 7500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Mount Shasta

Shasta Mountain Guides reported last week lots of fresh cold snow giving way to some epic powder days. This past weekend brought warmer temperatures with increased risk of wet slabs.   

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (Observations only)

Bridgeport Avalanche Center (Northern High Sierra)

Sierra Avalanche Center (Lake Tahoe Area)

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center
 

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

The ice climbing report is done for the season. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
Ice Cimbing Classes...winter 2016/17

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

This weeks weather pattern is looking like its going to bringing moderate winds with gust of 50+ to the ridges and peaks. 

Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

The Shasta climbing season is almost upon us. But for now, keep in mind that there is still heavy winter like snowpack. 

Mount Shasta 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast
 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

The climbing season is Joshua Tree is quickly coming to an end. This week temperatures are going to be in the mid to high 80's this week. So seek the shade! 

Joshua Tree, Hidden Valley Campground NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra

The day time temp this week  in the Buttermilks are going to be in high 70's and low 80's. Mornings and evening are cool enough to get some work done. Dido for Happy and Sad boulders. 

Pine Creek Canyon is relatively snow free with patches lingering. Higher temps have made it quite pleasant in the canyon. 

Owen's River Gorge is starting to warm up. Be advised that LADWP is working in the Central Gorge. Access to some of the areas might be restricted. 

All Mammoth area climbs are still under heavy snow. 

Owens River Gorge NOAA Weather Forecast

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

The Valley season is starting to ramp up. Early this week looks like it should be wet with blue skies and mid 60's by the weekend. 

Road crews started clearing Tioga pass this past week, with any luck we all will be bc skiing in Tuolumne soon. 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast
Tuolumne Meadows 8600 ft NOAA Weather Forecast