California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report- Martin Luther King Weekend

Its a long weekend and the weather looks great in the Eastern Sierra! Look forward to moderate temps in the Bishop area, pow turns in the Mammoth area and as always sunny skies. 

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

This past storm came in quite warm with rain up to 8,600.  The goods can be found above 9,000 feet.  We found some great powder in Red Cone Bowl at 9,500.  Its still early season out, watch for rocks and down trees.  The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center has started to report 7 days a week! As always know before you go and read the Avi Report. 

Only have the weekend and want to get the best backcountry turns possible. Check out our Guided Backcountry Skiing Tours.  

Tahoe

The backcountry skiing is limited in the Tahoe region with the best snow found in the Mt. Rose and Carson Pass areas.

Mount Shasta

The weather looks great for skiing Saturday and Sunday. Another storm is rolling through on Monday that is going to produce high winds and possible snow. 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

June Lake Ice  fell apart in this last storm cycle. Cross your fingers for some cold nights to rebuild the ice. 
 

Lee Vining Ice is going to be your best bet this weekend. We have a few guides hiking up the canyon to see how the ice is doing. Stay tuned for pictures. 

Take your ice climbing to the next level and check out our Ice climbing Courses 2017/18

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

It is cold. 


Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Sending temps all weekend, highs in the mid 60's and lows in the mid 40's. 

Eastern Sierra

Temps in the ORG look good for sending.  Deadman summit received snow in this last storm. For for the adventurous people with a 4 wheel drive vehicle, Clarks Canyon is still accessible. 

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Looks like a great weekend to climb in the Valley with temps in the mid 60's and mostly sunny.  

Tuolumne is closed for the season.  

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report- December 29, 2017

The high pressure ridge continues leading to similair conditions to last week.  Despite snow coverage being limited to higher elevations, there is good skiing to be had. The ice climbing season is off to a good start, while rock climbing at lower elevations remains a great option for those hanging on to fall. 

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

Outside of Mammoth the snow line continues to be around 9,000'. Skiing from the car can still be had in the Lakes Basin in Mammoth and Virginia Lakes; where surface conditions will vary from facets to breakable and everything in between. For those skiers willing to hike a few hours to get to the high peaks, our guides found reasonably good skiing conditions in the Matterhorn Peak zone. It is still low-tide out there; careful evaluation of the snowpack and cautious decision making is a necessity. 

Only have the weekend and want to get the best backcountry turns possible. Check out our Guided Backcountry Skiing Tours.  

Tahoe

Like most places in California currently, the early season snow has been beat up by the sun and wind. There is still cold snow lurking around in sheltered northern aspects, but there is a good chance that it is tracked. Mt. Rose and Carson Pass are the best bets for finding fun turns.

Mount Shasta

High winds and a chance of snow lingers throughout the New Years Weekend. 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

June Lake Ice is in great condition right now. Horsetail Falls, Tatum Falls and Roadside have been getting fatter by the day, while MANY lower angle gullies and smears usually covered in snow are providing enjoyable, unique rambles throughout the canyon. 

Despite the water being turned off in Lee Vining Canyon, Chouinard's is forming up. The approach is still adventurous with no snow. 

Backcountry Ice routes in Parker Canyon, Lundy Canyon and Whitney Portal have been reported to be in good condition. 

Take your ice climbing to the next level and check out our Ice climbing Courses 2017/18

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

It is cold. 


Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Sending temps!

Eastern Sierra

Temps in the ORG have changed to favor sunny walls. Shade, while cold, can provide solitude and sending temps for those with big puffies and full thermoses. Deadman Summit area crags remain snow-free and enjoyable in the sun. Higher elevation crags are now strictly for masochists. 

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Mid 50's and partly cloudy in the Valley through the weekend. 

Tuolumne is closed for the season.  

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report- December 29th

The forecast is similar to last week. Despite snow coverage being limited to higher elevations, there is good skiing to be had. The ice climbing season is off to a good start, while rock climbing at lower elevations remains a great option for those hanging on to fall. 

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

Outside of Mammoth the snow line continues to be around 9,000'. Skiing from the car can still be had in the Lakes Basin in Mammoth and Virginia Lakes; where surface conditions will vary from facets to breakable and everything in between. For those skiers willing to hike a few hours to get to the high peaks, our guides found reasonably good skiing conditions in the Matterhorn Peak zone. It is still low-tide out there; careful evaluation of the snowpack and cautious decision making is a necessity. 

Only have the weekend and want to get the best backcountry turns possible. Check out our Guided Backcountry Skiing Tours.  

Tahoe

Like most places in California currently, the early season snow has been beat up by the sun and wind. There is still cold snow lurking around in sheltered northern aspects, but there is a good chance that it is tracked. Mt. Rose and Carson Pass are the best bets for finding fun turns.

Mount Shasta

High winds and a chance of snow lingers throughout the New Years Weekend. 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

June Lake Ice is in great condition right now. Horsetail Falls, Tatum Falls and Roadside have been getting fatter by the day, while MANY lower angle gullies and smears usually covered in snow are providing enjoyable, unique rambles throughout the canyon. 

Despite the water being turned off in Lee Vining Canyon, Chouinard's is forming up. The approach is still adventurous with no snow. 

Backcountry Ice routes in Parker Canyon, Lundy Canyon and Whitney Portal have been reported to be in good condition. 

Take your ice climbing to the next level and check out our Ice climbing Courses 2017/18

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

It is cold. 


Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Sending temps!

Eastern Sierra

Temps in the ORG have changed to favor sunny walls. Shade, while cold, can provide solitude and sending temps for those with big puffies and full thermoses. Deadman Summit area crags remain snow-free and enjoyable in the sun. Higher elevation crags are now strictly for masochists. 

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Mid 50's and partly cloudy in the Valley through the weekend. 

Tuolumne is closed for the season.  

 

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