Sonora Pass & Campground Report
What is Open and What is Closed
Current Weather Conditions at Pinecrest Lake
Pinecrest Lake is at 5,679 feet of elevation. Weather conditions there reflect conditions at nearby Dodge Ridge, Strawberry, Leland High Sierra Snowplay and Beardsley Reservoir.
Current Weather Conditions at Dardanelle
Dardanelle is at 5,774 feet of elevation, but is 23 miles farther up Sonora Pass than Pinecrest where conditions can be quite different. Weather at Dardanelle reflects conditions at nearby Kennedy Meadows. Beyond Kennedy Meadows, the highway begins a steep climb to its 9,623-foot summit.
Is Sonora Pass Open?
Sonora Pass CLOSED on November 1, 2022, due to snow. Caltrans has been hard at work and currently the road is open as far as Kennedy Meadows (5/15/23). Check the Cal Trans website link for updates.
For the most current information on roads, check with Caltrans.
Call 1-800.427.7623 or visit the Cal Trans website: Cal Trans - Department of Transportation - Road Conditions. Highway 108
Closing & Opening Dates in Past Years
Sonora Pass usually remains open until the first heavy snowfall of the winter arrives. Often that occurs sometime in 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.
National Forest Campgrounds
For campgrounds on the west side of Sonora Pass, check the Stanislaus National Forest website to find the most current information:
Stanislaus National Forest Recreation
For campgrounds on the east side of Sonora Pass, check the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest website to find the most current information:
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Campgrounds
- Dodge Ridge Ski Resort: Closed for the 2022-23 season
- Leland High Sierra Snowplay: Closed for the 2022-23 season
- Kennedy Meadows Resort: Currently closed, opening May 19, 2023
- Dardanelle Resort: Open on various weekends during the winter.
Snow Report Websites
Current conditions at Dodge Ridge Ski Area - weather report and snow depth:Dodge Ridge Snow Report
Showing Current conditions at Deadman Creek (near the summit of Sonora Pass), elevation 9,250', California Department of Water Resources:Sonora Pass Snow Depth
Road Conditions - Chain Controls
Road Conditions - Highway 108
Road conditions, chain controls, and road closures from California Department of Transportation.
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 Web Cam
Twain Harte Web Cam - elevation 3,800'