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Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions - Jul 19, 2018

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 entirely on data from SNODAS modeling from NOHRSC/NSIDC. 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.

7/19/2018 - Kennedy Mdw to Echo Lake - 394.7 miles
Covered by snow: 0.0%, No snow: 100.0%, Above average: 0.0%, Below average: 22.4%, About average: 77.6%
(Average coverage for June 1st is 41%, June 16th is 22%)

PCT Snow SWE: KM to Echo Lake, JMT snow SWE: 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, 2018. Trail snow, not snow pack, is %44 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 :: 2018

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.

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