California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report

Happy Summer Solstice! This weekends report looks a lot like last, as the heat wave continues. Alpine starts, excessive heat and afternoon thunderstorms. This is the weekend report for June 23rd. 

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

Overnight temps have been warm this week at 10k and above, with lows in the 40's. Day time temps have been in the high 70's and low 80's. This weekend is going to be more of the same with the addition of thunderstorms after 2:00 pm.  Sonora Pass has been skiing well, with good corn reported up high. Beware of sun cupping and stream melt out next to the cars. Yosemite continues its silence on opening dates for Tioga Pass only saying that years with similar snowpacks the pass has not opened until July. But Hwy 120 has reportedly opened on the East Side to Ellery Lake!

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


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 strong still.  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 a review in watching the weather. Temps look great in the Palisades and Mammoth Crest  but watch out for those T-Storms all weekend. 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

Crossing the Tirolian traverse on Temple Crag's Sun Ribbon arete

Crossing the Tirolian traverse on Temple Crag's Sun Ribbon arete

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 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 in the afternoon is ideal. 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 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 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
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