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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 NSIDC.org. 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.

6/28/2017 - Kennedy Mdw to Echo Lake - 394.7 miles
Covered by snow: 36.8%, No snow: 63.2%, Above average: 29.2%, Below average: 28.7%, About average: 42.1%
(Average coverage for June 1st is 41%, June 16th is 22%)

PCT Snow Melt: KM to Echo Lake, JMT snow melt: Crabtree Mdw to Tuolumne Mdw, PCT Snow Cover: KM to Echo Lake, JMT snow cover: Crabtree Mdw to Tuolumne Mdw

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 Jul 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: Apr 1, 2017. Trail snow, not snow pack, is %199 of average.

(for entertainment purposes only)

SEI Indicator

April 1st historical links: 2004 :: 2005 :: 2006 :: 2007 :: 2008 :: 2009 :: 2010 :: 2011 :: 2012 :: 2013 :: 2014 :: 2015 :: 2016 :: 2017

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 MileJun 28, 2017 - Locations within a mile of measurementSWESWE Avg% SWE AvgElev
1014.6notch on steep wall, Lake/pond, Mono County57.041.313810768
935.0(no description)52.45.010488996
999.6Lake/pond, Lake/pond, campsite48.532.21519454
969.6Smedberg Lake, Smedberg Lake, Lake/pond42.13.113589318
2339.7spur to TH parking, State Hwy 410, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest35.820.21775406
2254.8creeklet, creeklet, spring32.417.51855752
1169.9dirt road, dirt road, dirt road28.44.85928062
844.6Lake/pond, Evolution Valley, Lake/pond24.13.37309920
1039.6E Fork Wolf Crk, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Middle Fork Wolf Crk22.06.23558342
2544.8(no description)21.922.01004995
2334.7creeklet, Anderson Lake, campsite21.624.9875393
1004.6W Fork W Walker River bridge/near tr jct, West Fork West Walker River, Cinko Lake tr jct21.36.33388607
1009.6Pacific Crest Trl, Emmigrant Pass tr jct21.319.910710028
1164.9same road, creek, creeklet to right of trail21.05.33967919
959.5Spiller Creek20.611.81758858
1024.6Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest20.07.82569286
1119.5Richardson Lake, spur trail Richardson Lake, Richardson Lake20.04.34657531
1854.8Klamath County18.33.55236207
1834.8creeklet, creeklet, Trapper Creek17.73.25535978
2259.8spur trail to crk, Killen Creek, Lake/pond16.714.71145925
2249.8spur trail to pond/meadow, Stagman Ridge/Rd 120 tr jct16.413.41225606
2224.8Placid Lake tr jct, campsite, Lake/pond14.311.41255014
2559.6rocky area, round Sitting Bull Mt14.314.21015104
2624.7pass above Benson Crk, Buffalo Pass13.018.9696687
1904.7creeklet, Lake/pond, Lake/pond11.97.21656003
2314.7Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond11.616.2725522
994.6Lake/pond, Lake/pond, S end of Grace Meadow11.44.62488663
1084.5Eldorado National Forest, Schneider Camp tr jct, Schneider Camp/17E16 tr jct11.48.71318974
2539.8(no description)11.316.8674772
1909.7Deschutes National Forest, creeklet11.013.6816948
1844.8Sphagnum Bog tr jct9.43.82476032
839.6Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Evolution Creek9.43.725411262
954.5Cold Canyon, Cold Canyon7.67.01098708
2109.9Salmon River, unsigned trail crossing, camp sites7.47.31015987
2354.7campsite, Arch Rock tr jct6.711.0616052
964.6Matterhorn Creek, Matterhorn Cyn/Burro Pass tr jct6.34.01588441
1944.7Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond6.15.01225703
2239.8old dirt road, Trout Lake Creek, North Fork Trout Lake Creek6.14.81273759
2629.8Devils Backbone/NE ridge, Nat For Dev Rd 2000, Jim Pass6.020.2306198
2304.7Yakima County, Shoe Lake tr jct, campsite5.620.3286542
2359.7creeklet, Pierce County, Yakima County5.07.0715032
1969.6Koosah Mtn4.17.7536424
2274.8spur to ridge top camping, Lake/pond, pond3.811.3345586
2524.7Baekos Creek, White Chuck River3.68.6423944
2319.7Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond3.513.7265045
1034.6Spring, old fence line, Golden Canyon3.37.9429178
2329.7campsite, Yakima County, campsite3.220.6165646
1849.8possible water cache, Crater Lake Hwy N, Hiker/Equestrian/Rim tr jct2.923.2136465
1174.9Nevada County, trail skirts edge of road, join jeep road2.74.1667974
2604.7(no description)2.55.3475381
2244.8Nat For Dev Rd 521, creek, campsite2.113.2164052
1949.7near Cougar Flat, Cougar Flat, Spring1.34.3305856
1129.5(no description)0.86.7127822
2214.8small meadow, Sheep Lakes, Indian Heaven Wilderness0.54.9104149
1044.6Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Bull Cyn tr jct, Noble Canyon0.08.109310
2324.7Lake/pond, Carlton Crk tr jct, Fish Lake0.05.704157
2404.6campsite, other, Olallie Crk0.09.803658
2644.9Hopkins Pass0.07.305909
1019.6to parking area, cross paved access road, Sonora Pass/Kennedy Mdw North0.011.609651
1179.9Mule Ears Crk0.03.507675
1580.0Mavis Lake tr jct, Siskiyou County, Trinity County0.03.807148
1899.7Lake/pond0.09.105710
1979.6Reese Lake, Separation Creek, Foley Ridge tr jct0.03.806503
2219.8Lake Sebago, Lake/pond, Blue Lake0.07.604715
2299.7creeklet, creeklet, creeklet0.06.104883
2459.5creek, spring, spring0.013.203955
2619.5near road 500, gap0.013.806598
1874.8(no description)0.06.806844
2434.5campsite0.05.804343
2594.6State Hwy 20, Hwy 20 Rainy Pass to Canadian Border, Skagit County0.03.204878
2489.6Smith Brook, Union Gap, Snohomish County0.04.904835
1104.5Gilmore Lake tr jct, water & camp site, Half Moon Lake tr jct0.03.508326
2464.5Deception Lakes outlet, Deception Crk tr jct, Deception Lakes0.010.405056
1879.7Douglas County0.04.906681
2279.8Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Walupt Lake tr jct0.07.505001
2439.5creeklet, campsite, campsite0.016.205427
2519.6Red Pass, Red Pass, White Chuck River0.011.806426
1934.7Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond0.05.406323
2494.7near Glasses Lake spur, crest, Snohomish County0.05.605110
950.0Yosemite Valley/McGee Lake tr jct, Tuolumne River, Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp tr jct0.04.907977
1349.7Lassen National Forest, Willow Creek, spring0.04.505924
1829.8Union Peak tr jct0.04.606234
1989.6Scott Lake TH tr jct, Spring0.09.106277
2229.8dirt road, dirt road, Trout Lake0.06.004276
2309.7creek, Goat Rocks Wilderness, South Fork Clear Creek0.04.204905
2469.5creeklet, Surprise Crk tr jct, Lake/pond0.06.704779
924.5Madera County, JMT/PCT jct, Thousand Island Lake0.04.0010102
1964.6Deschutes National Forest, Elk Lake Resort, Deschutes County0.03.305297
2284.8Walupt Creek, spur to Sheep Lake, Sheep Lake0.09.105673
1939.7(no description)0.06.805984
2019.5Linn County0.03.906293
2419.6campsite, campsite, campsite0.011.705069
2499.8Top Lake tr jct, Lake/pond, Wenatchee Pass0.04.004520
1354.7Kings Crk Mdw/Bench Lake/Falls tr jct, Shasta County0.04.506241
2234.8creek, spring, creeklets0.05.204047
2474.5Chelan County, creeklet, creeklet0.08.404640
2554.5near Buck Crk Pass tr jct, Snohomish County, Miners Creek0.08.904570
2634.9Whatcom County, Holman Pass0.09.305499
1809.8campsite, creeklet, campsite0.07.306726
2049.5Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond0.06.906391
904.5Ansel Adams Wilderness, John Muir Wilderness, Crater Creek0.07.208661
1704.8Klamath National Forest, Sheep Camp Spring, campsite0.03.706867
1864.8Mt Thielsen tr jct0.011.207265
2104.9Hwy 35 Barlow Pass to I-84 Cascade Locks, Old Hwy 35 TH, Barlow Rd0.03.104160
2264.8Lava Spring, Mount Adams Wilderness, creek0.03.004519
2344.7Pierce County, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Bear Gap0.08.405944
2504.8Saddle Gap, Saddle Gap, Pass Creek0.07.705054
1359.8Horseshoe Lake tr jct, slow moving creeklet, Swan Lake0.03.306687
1839.8S Fork Copeland Crk, South Fork Copeland Creek, Bybee Crk tr jct0.05.305452
2399.6Yakima Pass, Twilight Lake, Twilight Lake outlet0.06.203661
2480.0creeklet, power lines, creeklet0.05.204576
2639.9Woody Pass, Trail 473 tr jct0.05.706681
1575.0standing water, campsite, Marshy Lake/E Boulder Lake tr jct0.03.907064
1894.7Cowhorn Traverse tr jct, campsite, Klamath County0.09.607055
2055.0Many Lakes Viewpoint, Lake/pond, Jefferson County0.05.305676
2294.8Elk Pass, Coyote tr jct, creek0.014.606661
2454.5(no description)0.07.105088
2534.8Fire Creek Pass, Mica Lake, Fire Crk Pass0.011.305821
1150.0(no description)0.06.608113
1309.8near pond, view Lassen Pk/Peek of Mt Shasta, Butte County High Point tr jct0.03.107014
1869.8Howlock Mtn/Diamond Lake tr jct0.013.207124
2349.7campsite, Norse Peak tr jct, Basin Lakes tr jct0.010.806355
2429.6swampy area, swampy area, spring0.03.103253
2509.9Lake Sally Ann, Cady Ridge tr jct, Snohomish County0.010.305611

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