California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report

The Eastern Sierra was in all her glory last weekend with backcountry skiers, climbers, and fisherman flooding the small towns and communities. In the Eastern Sierra we've been skiing corn back to our flip flops! It looks like we are in luck for another mild week of harvesting corn and skiing in t-shirts. As for climbing, the temps are great for lower elevation climbing below the snow line. Here's the report for May 4th

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 weekend a ridge of high pressure moved in bringing warm temps and calms winds and turning on the corn machine!.  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.   The Sawthooth Ridge Tour that went out this past weekend reported  that area is skiing well.  Corn is forming on all aspects 10,000 feet and below with North aspects being the best bet.  East and South were going to mush very early in the morning. Higher elevations from 11,000-12,000 were holding cold transitional wind affected snow on sheltered northern aspects. On all other aspects the corn was reported as fantastic.  Things are looking to change with some disturbances moving in starting on Saturday. As always, know before you go and consult ESAC. 

Mammoth Crest 10,000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra Guided Backcountry Skiing

Iag guide joe crawford dropping into the z couloir on Mt. Wood on Wednesday

Iag guide joe crawford dropping into the z couloir on Mt. Wood on Wednesday


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

It's been windy up there according to Shasta Mountain Guides but that looks to be changing. It looks like shasta is going to be getting a little refresh, with a spring storm coming in Wednesday night. 

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

With a spring storm coming in this weekend it looks like it might shut down any summit attempts. Not much new snow is predicted at this point. 

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 Wednesday night through the weekend possibly shutting down summit attempts. 

Mount Shasta 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

The climbing season is 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 Valley season is starting to ramp up. Mid week climbing looks great with tempratures in the low 70's. The weekend will be rainy with tempreatures in the high 40's to low 50's. 

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