Planning a trip to the Sierra Nevada
What to bring
What to eat
Where to go
- All-year backpacking areas
- Winter Season (Dec-Apr)
- Early Season (May-June)
Snow level is probably the main consideration about planning
an early season trip. Snow level will vary from season to
season, but the links below will get you a good idea of current
conditions versus the previous season ().
The graphs below give the Snow Water Content Level over time, the
actual snow depth will depend on how much the snow is consolidated and
how "wet" the snow was.
Typically a good approximation for snow depth is to multipy the Snow Water Content
level by 2.0 (early/late season) to 4.0 (mid season).
Very few stations provide snow depth as this measurement tends to be
You can also check the Pacific
Crest Trail (PCT) conditions (the PCT overlaps or is
nearby many Sierra trails). Just scroll down to Sections H-L in
- Summer (July-Sept)
- Late Season (Oct-Nov)
How to get to the trailhead
Best resource is the Climber.org's Driving Directions
page. For general directions, Google Maps can be useful.
Last modified: Fri Feb 8 11:57:29 PST 2008