Sonora Pass Vacations
Lodging and Camping
Sonora Pass & Campground Report
What is Open and What is Closed
Current Weather Conditions at Pinecrest Lake
Pinecrest Lake is at 5,600 feet of elevation. Weather conditions there reflect conditions at nearby Dodge Ridge, Strawberry, and Beardsley Reservoir .
For weather conditions around Kennedy Meadows and Dardanelle see Dardanelle.
Is Sonora Pass Open?
Sonora Pass is CLOSED for the winter as of Nov. 19, 2016.
For the most current information on roads, check with Caltrans.
Call 1-800.427.7623 or visit the CalTrans website:
CalTrans - Department of Transportation - Road Conditions. (Scroll down to SR 108.)
Sonora Pass, June 11, 2011
Sonora Pass usually remains open until the first heavy snowfall of the winter arrives. Often that occurs sometime in early November,
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 past opening dates shown below: Historical Conditions.
Campgrounds Listed as OPEN December 1, 2016
This late in the season it is always wise to confirm with a phone call to the Forest Service whether these campgrounds are open or closed.
Campgrounds Currently Listed as CLOSED - as of December 1, 2016
- Baker Campground
- Beardsley Dam Campground
- Boulder Flat< /li>
- Brightman Flat Campground
- Cascade Creek Campground
- Clark Fork Campground
- Clark Fork Horse Camp
- Dardanelle Campground
- Deadman Campground)
- Eagle Meadow Horse Camp
- Eureka Valley Campground
- Fence Creek Campground
- Fraser Flat Campground
- Herring Creek Campground
- Herring Reservoir Campground
- Hull Creek Campground
- Kerrick Horse Camp
- Leavitt Meadows Campground
- Meadowview Campground
- Mill Creek Campground
- Niagara Creek Campground
- Niagara OHV Campground
- Pigeon Flat Campground
- Pinecrest Campground
- Sand Bar Flat Campground
- Sand Flat Campground
- Sonora Bridge Campground
- TeliLi puLaya Campground (Black Oak Flat)
Dodge Ridge Ski Resort: Opened Dec. 25 for 2016-17 season
Leland High Sierra Snowplay: Opens Dec. 3, 2016, but call first because of changing conditions
Kennedy Meadows Resort: Closed for 2016 season
Dardanelle Resort: Closed for 2016 season
Roads and Recreation Areas (as reported Jan. 1, 2017)
- Lyons Reservoir Day Use Area - Open until Nov. 1 (closes annually Nov. 1 to May 1)
- China Flat Day Use Area - Beardsley Reservoir Afterbay - Limited access, bridge over spillway removed during winter
- Crabtree Road - Closed
- Crandall and Deer Creek OHV Area - Closed
- Herring Creek Road - Closed
- Hull Creek - Trout Creek OHV Area - Closed
- Hunter Creek OHV Area - Open for limited use
Snow Report Websites
Dodge Ridge Snow Report
Current conditions at Dodge Ridge Ski Area - weather report and snow depth
Sonora Pass Snow Depth
Current conditions at Summit Meadow (almost the summit of Sonora Pass), elevation 9,313', California Department of Water Resources
Dodge Ridge Ski Resort:
Opened Dec. 25 for 2016-2017 season
Leland High Sierra Snowplay:
Opening Dec. 3, 2016, but call first due to changing condtions
Dodge Ridge Ski Area Web Cams
Dodge Ridge Ski Area Base Cam - elevation 6,600'
Dodge Ridge Ski Area Summit Cam - elevation 8,000'
Bald Mountain Helibase Web Cam
Looking Northeast toward Dardanelle
Bald Mountain Hellibase WebCam
Twain Harte Area Web Cam
Cedar Ridge Web Cam
- elevation 3,800'
Road Conditions - Chain Controls
Road Conditions - Highway 108
Road conditions, chain controls, and road closures from California Department of Transportation.
On the DOT site, scroll down slightly to find current conditions on Highway 108.
Historical Conditions on Sonora Pass
Sonora Pass usually closes for the season in November when snow accumulates on Highway 108, making
it unsafe for travel. Often the gates are closed first at Kennedy Meadows and Leavitt Meadows and
then as lower snow falls, gates 6 miles east of Strawberry and at Pickel Meadow are closed for the season.
In the spring Sonora Pass is sometimes open for travel in April, usually by early or mid May. As with the fall closures, Highway 108 to
Kennedy Meadows opens first, often in April, sometimes sooner.
Past Winter Closure and Spring Opening Dates for
||Sonora Pass Closed
||Sonora Pass Open
||January 21, 2012
For current conditions the Department of Transportation website listed above is the best
Sonora Pass usually sees snow depths exceeding 100 inches during the winter. At Relief Valley, which is
near Kennedy Meadows, snow levels in April, 2005 reached an average of 183 inches. Snow can reach as low
as 2000' in the winter, but usually the snow line is about 3500'.