Snow Conditions

blue ridge near wrightwood

By: Andrew Raffertt
March 19th, 2014

I was recently hiking from El cajon pass to hwy 2 near wrightwood. Reached guffy campground snow was moderate though trail to guffy spring was covered in snow an very hard to get to almost couldnt get back to campground. Ice an snow cover the trail from guffy to blue ridge. Fell 40ft into trees half a mile away from blue ridge camp ground. ANDREW (mule) Rafferty 3/16/2014

Baden-Powell water/snow conditions

By: Daytripper
October 28th, 2013

October 22-23. Trail from Inspiration Point (1st crossing Highway 2, mile 369.5) to Islip Saddle (3rd crossing Highway 2 mile 386.2) in very good shape. Thin patches of snow/ice on north facing slopes above 7500′ but trail mostly dry. Only a few short patches of ice on trail. Multiple hikers reaching Baden-Powell summit. Water faucet at Grassy Hollow (mile 370.4) on (per report from through hiker Derrick). Little Jimmy Spring (384.1) flowing well, water in trough clear.

Indian Heaven snow conditions

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By: Rob Stevens
July 8th, 2013

Between Columbia River and Indian Heaven, trail is free of snow. Once in Indian Heaven Wilderness, snow level is above 4,000′ but not impassable. Campsites at Blue Lake are bare and dry. I believe that I was the first to make it through the entire wilderness this season. One switchback near mile 2220 is real easy to miss due to snow conditions and confusing clearing. Otherwise all snow patches are intermittent and easy to jump between bare trail sections. Trail crew was clearing downed trees as I hiked through.

Stevens Pass Northbound (Hwy 2)

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By: Jeff Erwin
June 25th, 2013

Hiked in on an in-and-out to see how far I could get. Made it in about 2.5 miles before the trail became very difficult to follow because fo the snow fields. The trail is in good shape, but there are 3-4 downed trees across the trail at various points. I was able to make it across/under/around all of the blockages so nothing serious.

Stevens Pass Southbound

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By: Jeff Erwin
June 25th, 2013

Hiked in from the ski area at Stevens Pass (Hwy 2) south to see how far I could get. Made it in about 2 miles before the snow made it tough to continue. The snow appeared at about 1.5 miles in, making finding the trail difficult in many places.

The trail is in great condition. It looks to have been recently maintained, several downed trees have been cleared. There is still one tree across the trail but easy to get around.

I plan to hike in again late July for an overnight, will report back.

Muir Trail Ranch

By: Marianna
June 17th, 2013

I emailed the Muir Trail Ranch about food and resupply as well as trail conditions and they stated in their reply the following. “Since we’re not open for resupply yet we haven’t talked with anyone who’s actually been on the trail about conditions. The snow pack in our area is very low, and the stream crossing are easy.”

Reading Fire Burn Area through Lassen Now Open; Clear of Trees and Snow

By: White Hatter (Tom Weaver)
June 17th, 2013

I hiked northbound from Highway 36 to Old Station June 10-12. This section is now completely free of snow, and the PCT through the Reading Fire area has reopened after being cleared of the many burned trees that had fallen across the trail. (I verified this with a Ranger despite seeing a sign to the contrary.) Further south there were dozens of trees down across the trail, but all could be quickly gotten around by hikers. All water sources noted on Halfmile’s maps are running well, plus others like the Badger Flats outlet stream. Kings Creek is a wet ford with water about 18″ deep, but negotiable with poles or a stick.