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Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions - Dec 13, 2018

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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.

False information for early sierra entry, the life you save may be your own.

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Section detail: Kennedy Meadows to Echo Lake.

12/13/2018 - Kennedy Mdw to Echo Lake - 394.7 miles
Covered by snow: 99.6%, No snow: 0.4%, Above average: 91.7%, Below average: 1.3%, About average: 7.1%
(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: Dec 13, 2018. Trail snow, not snow pack, is %151 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.

Trail MileDec 13, 2018 - Locations within a mile of measurementSWESWE Avg% SWE AvgElev
2529.8Glacier Creek, Glacier Ridge Tr Jct17.212.01435526
2519.6Red Pass, Red Pass, White Chuck River16.414.81116426
2515.0Indian Pass14.811.41305175
2534.8Fire Creek Pass, Mica Lake, Fire Crk Pass14.613.71075821
2509.9Lake Sally Ann, Cady Ridge tr jct, Snohomish County14.210.71335611
2544.8(no description)13.914.5964995
2639.9Woody Pass, Trail 473 tr jct13.311.51166681
2634.9Whatcom County, Holman Pass13.212.31075499
969.6Smedberg Lake, Smedberg Lake, Lake/pond12.27.41659318
1984.6Lake/pond, Spring, Spring12.27.11726635
2284.8Walupt Creek, spur to Sheep Lake, Sheep Lake12.29.01365673
2259.8spur trail to crk, Killen Creek, Lake/pond12.210.21205925
2504.8Saddle Gap, Saddle Gap, Pass Creek12.19.71255054
1979.6Reese Lake, Separation Creek, Foley Ridge tr jct12.16.81786503
2424.5campsite, campsite, campsite11.98.51405070
2109.9Salmon River, unsigned trail crossing, camp sites11.88.61375987
2254.8creeklet, creeklet, spring11.510.21135752
1099.5Eldorado National Forest, spur trail left to Lake Aloha, Lake/pond11.46.41788190
994.6Lake/pond, Lake/pond, S end of Grace Meadow11.47.51528663
2559.6rocky area, round Sitting Bull Mt11.314.5785104
2289.8Bypass tr jct, spring near small meadow, spring11.27.51495979
989.6Lake/pond, Jack Main Cyn South tr jct, Falls Creek11.17.01598080
1109.5Fontanillis Lake, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Lake/pond11.16.31768273
2644.9Hopkins Pass11.011.5965909
1894.7Cowhorn Traverse tr jct, campsite, Klamath County10.96.21767055
884.5Silver Pass, Lake/pond, Lake/pond10.94.126610532
2539.8(no description)10.712.7844772
1909.7Deschutes National Forest, creeklet10.66.21716948
2480.0creeklet, power lines, creeklet10.29.41094576
1104.5Gilmore Lake tr jct, water & camp site, Half Moon Lake tr jct10.26.11678326
2339.7spur to TH parking, State Hwy 410, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest10.112.0845406
2294.8Elk Pass, Coyote tr jct, creek10.09.21096661
1869.8Howlock Mtn/Diamond Lake tr jct9.94.72117124
1129.5(no description)9.97.01417822
1864.8Mt Thielsen tr jct9.84.82047265
1019.6to parking area, cross paved access road, Sonora Pass/Kennedy Mdw North9.86.41539651
2629.8Devils Backbone/NE ridge, Nat For Dev Rd 2000, Jim Pass9.813.3746198
979.6(no description)9.86.21588424
1140.0Spring, cross 3 creeklets, creek9.87.01407683
1809.8campsite, creeklet, campsite9.75.31836726
2219.8Lake Sebago, Lake/pond, Blue Lake9.76.91414715
1874.8(no description)9.64.52136844
2334.7creeklet, Anderson Lake, campsite9.612.1795393
2469.5creeklet, Surprise Crk tr jct, Lake/pond9.610.1954779
1989.6Scott Lake TH tr jct, Spring9.57.11346277
1974.6creeklet, water, campsite9.45.51715937
1054.6Eagle Creek9.45.91598558
1044.6Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Bull Cyn tr jct, Noble Canyon9.36.61419310
1580.0Mavis Lake tr jct, Siskiyou County, Trinity County9.33.52667148
2499.8Top Lake tr jct, Lake/pond, Wenatchee Pass9.39.01034520
1039.6E Fork Wolf Crk, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Middle Fork Wolf Crk9.26.81358342
2249.8spur trail to pond/meadow, Stagman Ridge/Rd 120 tr jct9.29.7955606
1024.6Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest9.26.51429286
2454.5(no description)9.19.5965088
1849.8possible water cache, Crater Lake Hwy N, Hiker/Equestrian/Rim tr jct9.17.51216465
869.5Lake Italy Tr Jct, Hilgard Branch9.14.71949317
1034.6Spring, old fence line, Golden Canyon9.06.61369178
984.6Stubblefield Canyon8.95.91517950
1049.6Ebbets Pass tr jct, State Hwy 4, Lake/pond8.96.61358731
1069.6(no description)8.86.31409003
2464.5Deception Lakes outlet, Deception Crk tr jct, Deception Lakes8.810.5845056
999.6Lake/pond, Lake/pond, campsite8.89.6929454
935.0(no description)8.75.91478996
864.5Selden Pass, Selden Pass, Marie Lake8.74.917810784
1829.8Union Peak tr jct8.76.91266234
2329.7campsite, Yakima County, campsite8.610.7805646
2224.8Placid Lake tr jct, campsite, Lake/pond8.69.2935014
2624.7pass above Benson Crk, Buffalo Pass8.613.8626687
930.0Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond8.56.113910503
2399.6Yakima Pass, Twilight Lake, Twilight Lake outlet8.57.41153661
2489.6Smith Brook, Union Gap, Snohomish County8.59.1934835
1969.6Koosah Mtn8.35.71466424
1145.0creek, Painted Rock tr jct, North Fork American River8.35.51517570
964.6Matterhorn Creek, Matterhorn Cyn/Burro Pass tr jct8.35.51518441
1824.8(no description)8.35.81436446
959.5Spiller Creek8.16.81198858
1575.0standing water, campsite, Marshy Lake/E Boulder Lake tr jct8.13.72197064
2214.8small meadow, Sheep Lakes, Indian Heaven Wilderness8.15.61454149
2349.7campsite, Norse Peak tr jct, Basin Lakes tr jct8.19.0906355
2114.9Lost Creek, Lost Creek, Lost Creek8.17.41095417
1079.6Upper Truckee River, Lake/pond, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit8.15.81408672
1214.9Silver Lake/Long Lake/Mt Elwell tr jct, seep8.13.52317335
1934.7Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond8.15.21566323
2494.7near Glasses Lake spur, crest, Snohomish County8.18.7935110
1029.6Stanislaus National Forest, Boulder Lake tr jct8.15.81408767
1074.6Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Forestdale Crk8.06.71198451
1164.9same road, creek, creeklet to right of trail8.06.91167919
1014.6notch on steep wall, Lake/pond, Mono County7.98.39510768
1904.7creeklet, Lake/pond, Lake/pond7.96.61206003
1084.5Eldorado National Forest, Schneider Camp tr jct, Schneider Camp/17E16 tr jct7.97.81018974
2444.5spring, spring, spring7.98.4943358
1585.0campsite, Trinity Alps Wilderness, South Fork Lakes tr jct7.83.02605977
1135.0Alpine Meadows Ski Area, S ridge of Ward Peak7.86.41228390
1114.5creek & waterfall, Phipps Creek, Phipps Crk7.85.31477898
889.5Fish Creek, Fish Creek, Tully Hole/McGee Pass tr jct7.64.51699502
1209.9dirt road, dirt road, trail to Deer Lake7.64.11857466
2304.7Yakima County, Shoe Lake tr jct, campsite7.610.2756542
2439.5creeklet, campsite, campsite7.69.9775427
2419.6campsite, campsite, campsite7.68.7875069
1534.6seep, Spring, Spring7.53.22346776
1999.6Deschutes County, Belknap Crater tr jct, Little Belknap Crater tr jct7.45.01486075
2619.5near road 500, gap7.413.7546598
2034.5Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Shale Lake7.43.91905742
2314.7Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond7.410.1735522
1064.6Lily Pad Lake, Lake/pond, Lake/pond7.34.81527762
2459.5creek, spring, spring7.39.9743955
2414.6campsite, campsite, Kendall Peak7.37.4994851
1889.7Nat For Dev Rd 60, unnamed tr jct, campsite7.25.21385818
1844.8Sphagnum Bog tr jct7.26.41136032
2484.5(no description)7.28.0903880
1159.9dirt road, creek, Upper Castle Creek7.25.41337404
2234.8creek, spring, creeklets7.28.2884047
2474.5Chelan County, creeklet, creeklet7.29.8734640
1169.9dirt road, dirt road, dirt road7.17.3978062
1944.7Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond7.16.81045703
1834.8creeklet, creeklet, Trapper Creek7.17.9905978
2319.7Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond7.09.4745045
1789.9(no description)7.04.11716014
1949.7near Cougar Flat, Cougar Flat, Spring7.05.81215856
1819.8Lake/pond, Jack Spring tr jct7.04.61526177
1929.7Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Bobby Lake tr jct7.04.51565527
2650.0Monument 78 Northern Terminus7.09.8714298
950.0Yosemite Valley/McGee Lake tr jct, Tuolumne River, Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp tr jct7.04.71497977
1804.92014 790 Fire, nice view of Klamath Falls, Divide Trail tr jct7.04.81466788
1009.6Pacific Crest Trl, Emmigrant Pass tr jct6.97.88810028
2344.7Pierce County, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Bear Gap6.910.2685944
940.0Lake/pond6.95.01388840
839.6Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Evolution Creek6.94.714711262
1879.7Douglas County6.94.11686681
894.5Purple Creek, Purple Lake6.93.917710311
974.6Benson Lake tr jct, Piute Creek6.94.31607604
2019.5Linn County6.95.61236293
1089.5creek, near tr jct N of Benwood Meadow, Eldorado National Forest6.84.71457576
2429.6swampy area, swampy area, spring6.88.6793253
1124.5Tahoe National Forest, dirt road, Blackwood Canyon6.84.11667270
1854.8Klamath County6.85.71196207
954.5Cold Canyon, Cold Canyon6.85.21318708
1899.7Lake/pond6.77.5895710
1994.6Lake/pond, N Mathieu Lake tr jct, Lake/pond6.75.21295410
2615.0Pacific Crest Trail 2000, crest, Grasshopper Pass6.611.5576772
2354.7campsite, Arch Rock tr jct6.68.8756052
1529.6Trinity County6.63.32006750
1859.8Nat For Dev Rd 961, Mount Thielsen Wilderness, Fremont-Winema National Forests6.64.21575961
1174.9Nevada County, trail skirts edge of road, join jeep road6.56.8967974
2029.5Swallow Lake/Shirley Lake tr jct6.53.81716444
1154.9Donner Pass Rd, Nevada County, Mt Stephens6.53.81717086
2274.8spur to ridge top camping, Lake/pond, pond6.57.8835586
2229.8dirt road, dirt road, Trout Lake6.59.2714276
2524.7Baekos Creek, White Chuck River6.513.0503944
2554.5near Buck Crk Pass tr jct, Snohomish County, Miners Creek6.512.2534570
1150.0(no description)6.46.21038113
2269.8spring, creeklet, spring6.46.41004855
1004.6W Fork W Walker River bridge/near tr jct, West Fork West Walker River, Cinko Lake tr jct6.46.01078607
1059.6Raymond Lake Crk, Raymond Lake tr jct, Mokelumne Wilderness6.43.91648332
1939.7(no description)6.46.8945984
2049.5Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond6.34.71346391
2279.8Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Walupt Lake tr jct6.37.8815001
1964.6Deschutes National Forest, Elk Lake Resort, Deschutes County6.35.31195297
2264.8Lava Spring, Mount Adams Wilderness, creek6.27.6824519
1094.6spring, creeklet, Pacific Crest Trl6.25.31177479
2044.5Russell Creek, creek, creeklet6.23.71685471
1539.5Trinity County6.23.61727636
824.6Middle Fork Kings River6.13.41798342
2404.6campsite, other, Olallie Crk6.18.3733658
834.6Middle Fork Kings River, Lake/pond, Lake/pond6.13.716511126
1959.6Lake/pond, Lake/pond, Lake/pond6.14.61335549
924.5Madera County, JMT/PCT jct, Thousand Island Lake6.16.010210102
1884.7Douglas County, Bradley Crk TH tr jct6.13.31856468
904.5Ansel Adams Wilderness, John Muir Wilderness, Crater Creek6.04.01508661
1924.7Deschutes County, Lane County, Maiden Peak Saddle5.95.31116292
2004.6Washington Ponds, Washington Ponds5.94.51315698
2324.7Lake/pond, Carlton Crk tr jct, Fish Lake5.98.4704157
1954.6Mac Lake, Mac Lake, Lake/pond5.94.31375118
2594.6State Hwy 20, Hwy 20 Rainy Pass to Canadian Border, Skagit County5.99.7614878
844.6Lake/pond, Evolution Valley, Lake/pond5.94.41349920
2449.5Spinola Crk tr jct5.88.9653480
2244.8Nat For Dev Rd 521, creek, campsite5.89.6604052
945.0dirt road jct, Soda Springs spur, Soda Springs5.84.21388603
2239.8old dirt road, Trout Lake Creek, North Fork Trout Lake Creek5.78.7663759
2434.5campsite5.79.5604343
1914.7swampy pond, Lake/pond, larger pond5.75.01145722
849.5Evolution Creek, Evolution Crk ford, Evolution Creek5.64.01409087
2209.8campsite, spring, spur trail to dirt road5.63.61563241
2309.7creek, Goat Rocks Wilderness, South Fork Clear Creek5.68.0704905
2389.6Nat For Dev Rd 154, power lines, dirt road5.66.4884008
899.5(no description)5.53.81459977
874.5Bear Ridge TH tr jct5.55.01109971
1119.5Richardson Lake, spur trail Richardson Lake, Richardson Lake5.44.91107531
1839.8S Fork Copeland Crk, South Fork Copeland Creek, Bybee Crk tr jct5.46.1895452
2374.6Blowout Mtn tr jct, campsite, campsite5.35.6955231
1794.8Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests, Christy Spring tr jct5.34.51186314
2055.0Many Lakes Viewpoint, Lake/pond, Jefferson County5.24.21245676
2599.7Skagit County, Granite Pass, Okanogan County5.210.1516683
2609.9Brush Creek, Brush Crk/W Fork Methow tr jct5.09.9514280
2024.5Minto Pass, Willamette National Forest, Jefferson County5.03.91285577
2409.6Natl Forest Develop Road 9043 Trl, I-90 Snoqualmie Pass to Hwy 2 Stevens Pass, North TH5.07.3682988
2384.6Kittitas County, near end of old dirt road, King County5.06.0834628
2359.7creeklet, Pierce County, Yakima County5.07.6665032
2584.9Maple Creek4.97.1693204
1814.8Ranger Spring tr jct, Seven Mile tr jct, Fremont-Winema National Forests4.94.11205760
829.6Le Conte Canyon, Little Pete Meadow, Lake/pond4.94.71048882
2014.5pond, Lake/pond, Santiam Lake tr jct4.95.7865147
909.5PCT/JMT tr jct, Inyo National Forest, Devils Postpile tr jct4.83.21507666
2299.7creeklet, creeklet, creeklet4.86.7724883
2369.6campsite, dirt road, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest4.75.7824745
1799.8Red Lake tr jct, campsite, Fremont-Winema National Forests4.74.21126080
1179.9Mule Ears Crk4.64.61007675
1354.7Kings Crk Mdw/Bench Lake/Falls tr jct, Shasta County4.63.21446241
1304.8unknown tr jct, Butte County4.43.41296639
2394.6old dirt road, spring, dirt road4.46.2713804
2104.9Hwy 35 Barlow Pass to I-84 Cascade Locks, Old Hwy 35 TH, Barlow Rd4.36.2694160
1919.7Hwy 58 Willamette Pass to Hwy 242 McKenzie Pass, dirt road, Willamette Pass TH4.35.7755092
2379.6creeklet, Tacoma Pass, Tacoma Pass4.36.1703910
2009.6Nat For Dev Rd 811, dirt road, old dirt road4.35.0864679
2549.9near Suiattle River tr jct, Gamma Crk, Gamma Creek4.37.7562966
2604.7(no description)4.310.4415381
919.5(no description)4.25.0849625
859.5Senger Creek4.13.61149477
759.8Guyot Pass4.13.113210687
2069.92014 Logging Unit Complex Fire, dirt road, Mt. Hood National Forest4.03.41184848
1349.7Lassen National Forest, Willow Creek, spring3.93.21225924
1784.8Fs, South Rye Ski tr jct, campsite3.83.01275336
2065.0Clackamas County, dirt road3.83.51094906
2060.0Olallie Butte tr jct, dirt road, power lines3.63.7974807
1774.8S Fork Little Butte Crk, South Fork Little Butte Creek, Lake of the Woods tr jct3.63.01205292
1324.8Buck Mtn tr jct, Plumas County, Tehama County3.33.21037586
2144.9springs, East Fork Eagle Creek, Wahtum Express tr jct3.13.7843980
2039.5Linn County, spring, Hunts Crk tr jct3.14.0784598
2124.9Top Spur tr jct, Mount Hood Wilderness, Clackamas County3.04.6654249
2364.7Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Kittitas County, dirt road2.95.6524978
2099.9Clackamas County, Wasco County, US Hwy 262.84.4643987
2579.8Clear Creek, PCT trailhead2.83.6782201
1314.8Humboldt Rd, Tehama County, NE ridge/Robber Roost2.63.4766594
2119.9flat bench, campsite, Sandy River2.64.2623299
1309.8near pond, view Lassen Pk/Peek of Mt Shasta, Butte County High Point tr jct2.54.4577014
2590.0Stiletto Peak tr jct, Fireweed Camp, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest2.47.1343892
2564.6near Hemlock Camp, South Fork Agnes Creek2.39.0263374
2094.9Nat For Dev Rd Road 58, Nat For Dev Rd Road 240, Jackpot Mdws tr jct2.33.1743879
2129.9(no description)2.14.6464101
2569.7(no description)2.14.2502486
2139.9Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness, Natl Forest Develop Road 660 Rd, Larch Mtn dirt road2.03.3614299
2134.9campsite, Buck Peak tr jct1.84.0454338

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