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Pacific Crest Trail Snow Report

The Pacific Crest Trail snow report is designed to aid hikers in determining the best time to head into the mountains based on snow conditions. Each hikers skill-set and comfort level with these conditions will differ.

The Pacific Crest Trail snow report uses SNODAS modeled snow data and MODIS reflectivity data. SNODAS gives us a good idea about the quantity of frozen water sitting on the ground, denoted by SWE (Snow Water Equivalence) in inches. Coverage is often poorly represented by SNODAS where snow cover is thin. The 8 day MODIS data, without regard for quantity, shows us what areas were snow covered at some point over the last 8 days. Cloud cover and darkness adversely affects MODIS detection significantly, hence we use the 8 day as opposed to the single day coverage.

Trail snow is not snow pack. The Postholer snow page focuses on snow on or near the trail, at trail elevation, not on snow condtions thousands of feet lower/higher and miles away from the trail. Ski resort snow reports and snow pack charts are a very poor representation of trail snow conditions.

SNODAS SWE, Entire Trail

Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions, current SWE by mile

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California

SNODAS/MODIS, Crabtree Mdw to Tuolumne Mdw

Pacific Crest Trail Snow SNODAS/MODIS, Crabtree Mdw to Tuolumne Mdw
View SNODAS and/or MODIS overlays on Postholer Google Map. Last SNODAS update was Dec 4, 2019. Last MODIS 8 day was Nov 25, 2019 to Dec 3, 2019. MODIS: No Data, Snow cover.

SNODAS SWE, Sierra

Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions, current by mile
Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions, current/extreme years
Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions 2004 to current

Sierra Entry Indicator (SEI)

Sierra Entry Indicator - The SEI is to help you determine what snow conditions are like in the heart of the sierra. This looks at hundreds of locations between Crabtree Meadow and Tuolumne Meadow (182 miles, perfectly overlapping the JMT) and gets the percent of average snow conditions. The SEI updates between Nov 1st and June 16th, so long as the historical SWE for the date is > 3". Last Update: Dec 4, 2019. Trail snow, not snow pack, is 0% of average for this date.

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SEI Indicator

Oregon

SNODAS/MODIS, Oregon, Crater Lake/Hwy 62 to Olallie Lake

Pacific Crest Trail Snow SNODAS/MODIS, Oregon, Crater Lake/Hwy 62 to Olallie Lake
View SNODAS and/or MODIS overlays on Postholer Google Map. Last SNODAS update was Dec 4, 2019. Last MODIS 8 day was Nov 25, 2019 to Dec 3, 2019. MODIS: No Data, Snow cover.

SNODAS SWE, Oregon

Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions, Oregon, current by mile
Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions, current/extreme years
Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions 2004 to current

Washington

SNODAS/MODIS, Washington, Snoqualmie Pass to Canada

Pacific Crest Trail Snow SNODAS/MODIS, Washington, Snoqualmie Pass to Canada
View SNODAS and/or MODIS overlays on Postholer Google Map. Last SNODAS update was Dec 4, 2019. Last MODIS 8 day was Nov 25, 2019 to Dec 3, 2019. MODIS: No Data, Snow cover.

SNODAS SWE, Washington

Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions, Washington, current by mile
Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions, current/extreme years
Pacific Crest Trail Snow Conditions 2004 to current

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