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


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