Ebbetts Pass Current Conditions

Road Closures, Campgrounds, Snow Reports, Weather

Weather Report

Current Conditions in Arnold

Arnold is at an elevation of 4,000 feet and is 25 miles west of Lake Alpine and 11 miles east of Murphys. While the weather in Arnold can be an indication of overall conditions on Ebbetts Pass, the higher mountains can have much different forecast.

Checking the links to Bear Valley Mountain weather is a good way to get more accurate weather information for places higher up the pass: Bear Valley Weather

Is Ebbetts Pass Open?

Ebbetts Pass remains CLOSED for road repairs as of June 18, 2017. The road is open to the east end of Lake Alpine.

For the latest road conditons and closures, check with Caltrans.

Call 1-800.427.7623 or visit Department of Transportation - Road Conditions.

Road Closures for 2017

Notice of Road Closures: Due to severe winter damage, some popular roads leading off Highway 4 will be delayed in opening this year and a couple may not open at all this 2017 season. Affected roads include Boards Crossing Road and Spicer Meadow Reservoir Road. Read details at Stanislaus National Foresdt - Storm Damage 2017

Ebbetts Pass usually remains open until the first heavy snowfall of the winter. On the west side of the pass the road closure is ½ mile east of the Highway 207 (Bear Valley Mt. Ski Area) junction, about ½ mile before Lake Alpine. On the east side of the pass Highway 4 closes at its junction with Highway 89 at the foot of Monitor Pass. Often the winter closure occurs sometime in late November or early December, but snow can temporarily close the pass at any time.

Traditionally the pass re-opens in mid-May, but once again, even after it opens late season storms can cause it to close again. See the winter closing and spring opening dates for Ebbetts Pass in past years below.


National Forest Campgrounds - Open or Closed?

This early in the season it is always wise to confirm with a phone call to the Forest Service whether these campgrounds are open or closed.

OPEN as of June 18, 2017

  • Markleeville Campground
  • Waka Luu Hep Yoo Campground
  • Big Meadow Campground

CLOSED as of June 18, 2017 - according to the Forest Service

  • Backpackers' Camp (Lake Alpine)
  • Big Meadow Group Campground
  • Bloomfield Campground
  • Hermit Valley Campground
  • Highland Lakes Campground
  • Lake Alpine Campground
  • Lodgepole Overflow Campground
  • Lodgepole Group Campground
  • Mosquito Lakes Campground
  • Pacific Valley Campground
  • Pine Marten Campground
  • Sand Flat Campground
  • Silver Creek Campground
  • Silvertip Campground
  • Silver Valley Campground
  • Spicer Reservoir Campground
  • Spicer Reservoir Group Campground
  • Stanislaus River Campground
  • Union and Utica Reservoir Campgrounds

With rapidly changing conditions, it is best to check with the Forest Service to find out if a particular campground has opened or closed for the season. 209-795-1381

Recreation Areas - Open

Sourgrass Day Use Area


Lake Alpine Recreation Area, Spicer Meadow Reservoir, Union Reservoir, Utica Reservoir

For the most current conditions in the Stanislaus National Forest, see
Stanislaus National Forest.
For the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, see Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.


Past Winter Closure and Spring Opening Dates for
Ebbetts Pass

Winter Ebbetts Pass Closed Ebbetts Pass Open
2004-05 October 29 May 26
2005-06 November 28 May 25
2006-07 December 11 May 10
2007-08 December 10 May 9
2008-09 December 15 May 8
2009-10 December 3 May 28
2010-11 November 22 June 7
2011-12 January 12, 2012 May 11
2012-13 December 17 April 25
2013-14 December 9 April 18
2014-15 November 29 April 17
2015-16 May 13
2016-17 November 10