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