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Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions

Below you will find detailed and current Pacific Crest Trail snow conditions for the entire trail. This is not a 'snow pack' chart. This chart shows 'trail snow'. 'Snow pack' and 'trail snow' can differ significantly. Where the PCT traverses the highest terrain, the PCT snow conditions will almost always exceed snow pack.

Snow pack is not trail snow.

'Snow pack' is determined from relatively few physical snow sensors covering an entire mountain range of which most are not on or near the PCT. For instance, the previous postholer snow page relied on about 2 dozen sensors across thousands of miles of trail. Much of the PCT has no sensors, thus no coverage.

The charts here rely enitrely on remote sensing data from For example, the PCT has 5,300+ data points and the CDT 6,000+. Each trail has a point every half mile/within a half mile of the trail or better. This is a huge improvement in accuracy of PCT snow conditions. These snow graphs allow you to view the PCT in a way no one has before.

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Section detail: Kennedy Meadows to Echo Lake.

Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions
Click image for larger version or this Large Full Detail Image - Chart updates every 3 or 4 days from Nov 1 to Jun 28.

Sierra Entry Indicator - The SEI is to help you determine what snow conditons are like north of Kennedy Meadow. This looks at hundreds of locations between Kennedy Meadow and Reds Meadow (210 miles) and gets the percent of average snow conditions. The SEI updates from Nov 1 to Apr 1. Last Update: Dec 10, 2016. Trail snow, not snow pack, is %124 of average.

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SEI Indicator

April 1st historical links: 2004 :: 2005 :: 2006 :: 2007 :: 2008 :: 2009 :: 2010 :: 2011 :: 2012 :: 2013 :: 2014 :: 2015 :: 2016

Google Trail Map with Snow Overlays: Snow Water Equivalent :: Snow Depth :: Snow Coverage :: 24 Hour Snow Precip :: 24 Hour Non-Snow Precip :: 24 Hour Snow Melt :: 24 Hour Avg Snow Pack Temp :: Snow Density :: 24 Hour SWE Change :: 24 Hour Snow Surface Sublimation :: 24 Hour Blowing Snow Surface Sublimation

For further information visit the Pacific Crest Trail Data Book. You may also want to view the PCT Google Map. View our printed Pacific Crest Trail Maps, books and/or PDF

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Pacific Crest Trail Snow Table, Highest to Lowest Order

This table has locations with SWE ordered from highest to lowest. Only locations with an average SWE greater than 3 inches are shown. Elevations are in feet, other values are inches unless otherwise stated. Click on column heading to sort by that column.

Trail MileDec 10, 2016 - Locations within a mile of measurementSWESWE Avg% SWE AvgElev
2559.6rocky area, round Sitting Bull Mt18.510.01855104
2624.7pass above Benson Crk, Buffalo Pass18.110.01816687
2619.5near road 500, gap17.49.71796598
2339.7spur to TH parking, State Hwy 410, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest14.58.11795406
2519.6Red Pass, Red Pass, White Chuck River14.310.91316426
2334.7creeklet, Anderson Lake, campsite13.78.21675393
2239.8old dirt road, Trout Lake Creek, North Fork Trout Lake Creek13.45.52443759
2404.6campsite, other, Olallie Crk13.35.82293658
2544.8(no description)13.310.41284995
2244.8Nat For Dev Rd 521, creek, campsite13.26.32104052
2249.8spur trail to pond/meadow, Stagman Ridge/Rd 120 tr jct13.26.42065606
2534.8Fire Creek Pass, Mica Lake, Fire Crk Pass13.110.11305821
2499.8Top Lake tr jct, Lake/pond, Wenatchee Pass13.05.82244520
2629.8Devils Backbone/NE ridge, Nat For Dev Rd 2000, Jim Pass12.89.41366198
2524.7Baekos Creek, White Chuck River12.89.51353944
2229.8dirt road, dirt road, Trout Lake12.36.21984276
2529.8Glacier Creek, Glacier Ridge Tr Jct12.08.61405526
2515.0Indian Pass12.08.01505175
2254.8creeklet, creeklet, spring11.96.51835752
930.0Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond11.93.336110503
2539.8(no description)11.99.31284772
2114.9Lost Creek, Lost Creek, Lost Creek11.95.62135417
2234.8creek, spring, creeklets11.75.52134047
2615.0Pacific Crest Trail 2000, crest, Grasshopper Pass11.78.11446772
2509.9Lake Sally Ann, Cady Ridge tr jct, Snohomish County11.57.11625611
2224.8Placid Lake tr jct, campsite, Lake/pond11.56.11895014
2504.8Saddle Gap, Saddle Gap, Pass Creek11.46.11875054
2599.7Skagit County, Granite Pass, Okanogan County11.36.91646683
2554.5near Buck Crk Pass tr jct, Snohomish County, Miners Creek11.28.11384570
2634.9Whatcom County, Holman Pass10.98.61275499
2319.7Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond10.86.41695045
2259.8spur trail to crk, Killen Creek, Lake/pond10.76.81575925
2314.7Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond10.67.11495522
2344.7Pierce County, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Bear Gap10.66.71585944
2219.8Lake Sebago, Lake/pond, Blue Lake10.44.52314715
1849.8possible water cache, Crater Lake Hwy N, Hiker/Equestrian/Rim tr jct10.44.52316465
1904.7creeklet, Lake/pond, Lake/pond10.43.82746003
2469.5creeklet, Surprise Crk tr jct, Lake/pond10.27.01464779
2399.6Yakima Pass, Twilight Lake, Twilight Lake outlet10.24.72173661
2424.5campsite, campsite, campsite10.05.81725070
2329.7campsite, Yakima County, campsite9.97.61305646
2494.7near Glasses Lake spur, crest, Snohomish County9.85.81695110
1864.8Mt Thielsen tr jct9.83.13167265
2464.5Deception Lakes outlet, Deception Crk tr jct, Deception Lakes9.77.31335056
2419.6campsite, campsite, campsite9.66.01605069
2004.6Washington Ponds, Washington Ponds9.63.03205698
1989.6Scott Lake TH tr jct, Spring9.44.42146277
1844.8Sphagnum Bog tr jct9.43.52696032
1974.6creeklet, water, campsite9.33.72515937
1979.6Reese Lake, Separation Creek, Foley Ridge tr jct9.34.22216503
2444.5spring, spring, spring9.25.31743358
1829.8Union Peak tr jct9.14.32126234
1984.6Lake/pond, Spring, Spring9.14.61986635
2474.5Chelan County, creeklet, creeklet9.06.51384640
1894.7Cowhorn Traverse tr jct, campsite, Klamath County9.03.52577055
2294.8Elk Pass, Coyote tr jct, creek9.06.41416661
2454.5(no description)9.06.21455088
1909.7Deschutes National Forest, creeklet8.93.82346948
1914.7swampy pond, Lake/pond, larger pond8.93.32705722
2459.5creek, spring, spring8.96.51373955
2480.0creeklet, power lines, creeklet8.86.11444576
2639.9Woody Pass, Trail 473 tr jct8.88.01106681
2429.6swampy area, swampy area, spring8.85.71543253
2489.6Smith Brook, Union Gap, Snohomish County8.86.21424835
1969.6Koosah Mtn8.73.82296424
2650.0Monument 78 Northern Terminus8.76.91264298
2014.5pond, Lake/pond, Santiam Lake tr jct8.63.62395147
1964.6Deschutes National Forest, Elk Lake Resort, Deschutes County8.63.22695297
2289.8Bypass tr jct, spring near small meadow, spring8.65.11695979
2309.7creek, Goat Rocks Wilderness, South Fork Clear Creek8.55.11674905
1809.8campsite, creeklet, campsite8.53.32586726
1944.7Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond8.54.22025703
1869.8Howlock Mtn/Diamond Lake tr jct8.53.12747124
1824.8(no description)8.53.52436446
1834.8creeklet, creeklet, Trapper Creek8.44.61835978
1994.6Lake/pond, N Mathieu Lake tr jct, Lake/pond8.43.02805410
1949.7near Cougar Flat, Cougar Flat, Spring8.43.62335856
2109.9Salmon River, unsigned trail crossing, camp sites8.46.51295987
1939.7(no description)8.34.31935984
2019.5Linn County8.33.52376293
2394.6old dirt road, spring, dirt road8.34.12023804
2104.9Hwy 35 Barlow Pass to I-84 Cascade Locks, Old Hwy 35 TH, Barlow Rd8.34.21984160
1839.8S Fork Copeland Crk, South Fork Copeland Creek, Bybee Crk tr jct8.33.82185452
2484.5(no description)8.35.11633880
2644.9Hopkins Pass8.37.91055909
2124.9Top Spur tr jct, Mount Hood Wilderness, Clackamas County8.23.42414249
2264.8Lava Spring, Mount Adams Wilderness, creek8.24.81714519
1874.8(no description)8.23.02736844
2304.7Yakima County, Shoe Lake tr jct, campsite8.27.11156542
2009.6Nat For Dev Rd 811, dirt road, old dirt road8.13.12614679
2359.7creeklet, Pierce County, Yakima County8.04.81675032
2284.8Walupt Creek, spur to Sheep Lake, Sheep Lake7.96.01325673
2214.8small meadow, Sheep Lakes, Indian Heaven Wilderness7.93.72144149
2439.5creeklet, campsite, campsite7.87.21085427
2414.6campsite, campsite, Kendall Peak7.75.31454851
2609.9Brush Creek, Brush Crk/W Fork Methow tr jct7.76.61174280
2349.7campsite, Norse Peak tr jct, Basin Lakes tr jct7.65.71336355
2274.8spur to ridge top camping, Lake/pond, pond7.65.11495586
1934.7Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond7.43.32246323
2564.6near Hemlock Camp, South Fork Agnes Creek7.36.21183374
2449.5Spinola Crk tr jct7.26.11183480
1924.7Deschutes County, Lane County, Maiden Peak Saddle7.23.12326292
2279.8Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Walupt Lake tr jct7.15.11395001
2604.7(no description)7.07.3965381
2049.5Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond7.03.32126391
2324.7Lake/pond, Carlton Crk tr jct, Fish Lake7.05.51274157
1140.0Spring, cross 3 creeklets, creek6.93.22167683
1919.7Hwy 58 Willamette Pass to Hwy 242 McKenzie Pass, dirt road, Willamette Pass TH6.93.12235092
2409.6Natl Forest Develop Road 9043 Trl, I-90 Snoqualmie Pass to Hwy 2 Stevens Pass, North TH6.95.01382988
2549.9near Suiattle River tr jct, Gamma Crk, Gamma Creek6.85.61212966
2299.7creeklet, creeklet, creeklet6.84.91394883
1169.9dirt road, dirt road, dirt road6.73.41978062
2269.8spring, creeklet, spring6.64.11614855
2369.6campsite, dirt road, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest6.43.91644745
2354.7campsite, Arch Rock tr jct6.35.71116052
2389.6Nat For Dev Rd 154, power lines, dirt road6.24.11514008
1174.9Nevada County, trail skirts edge of road, join jeep road6.03.41767974
1164.9same road, creek, creeklet to right of trail5.93.51697919
1129.5(no description)5.73.21787822
999.6Lake/pond, Lake/pond, campsite5.64.61229454
2364.7Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Kittitas County, dirt road5.53.91414978
2594.6State Hwy 20, Hwy 20 Rainy Pass to Canadian Border, Skagit County5.46.6824878
2384.6Kittitas County, near end of old dirt road, King County5.43.81424628
2590.0Stiletto Peak tr jct, Fireweed Camp, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest5.14.61113892
2379.6creeklet, Tacoma Pass, Tacoma Pass5.13.71383910
924.5Madera County, JMT/PCT jct, Thousand Island Lake4.43.014710102
2374.6Blowout Mtn tr jct, campsite, campsite4.33.71165231
969.6Smedberg Lake, Smedberg Lake, Lake/pond4.33.11399318
994.6Lake/pond, Lake/pond, S end of Grace Meadow4.23.21318663
1135.0Alpine Meadows Ski Area, S ridge of Ward Peak4.13.01378390
1084.5Eldorado National Forest, Schneider Camp tr jct, Schneider Camp/17E16 tr jct4.03.61118974
2584.9Maple Creek4.04.8833204
1159.9dirt road, creek, Upper Castle Creek3.73.01237404
1104.5Gilmore Lake tr jct, water & camp site, Half Moon Lake tr jct3.63.01208326
959.5Spiller Creek3.33.01108858
1099.5Eldorado National Forest, spur trail left to Lake Aloha, Lake/pond3.13.11008190
1074.6Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Forestdale Crk3.13.3948451
1014.6notch on steep wall, Lake/pond, Mono County3.04.37010768
1009.6Pacific Crest Trl, Emmigrant Pass tr jct2.93.77810028
1039.6E Fork Wolf Crk, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Middle Fork Wolf Crk2.93.2918342
2569.7(no description)2.73.0902486
1049.6Ebbets Pass tr jct, State Hwy 4, Lake/pond2.63.0878731
1044.6Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Bull Cyn tr jct, Noble Canyon2.43.0809310

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