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
As of December 3, 2013, Ebbetts Pass is CLOSED.
The pass can close or reopen with changes in weather, so it is best to check with Caltrans for the most up to date conditions on Highway 4 and other roads. The best source for up-to-date information is Department of Transportation - Road Conditions.
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.
With the end to the government shut down, the status of campgrounds is unclear. We are showing below the status of campgrounds as shown on their website. We suggest calling the Stanislaus National Forest to confirm if a campground is open before making plans. (209) 795-1381
With rapidly changing conditions, it is best to check with the Forest Service to find out if a particular campground has opened for the season.
Lake Alpine Recreation Area, Sourgrass Day Use Area, Spicer Meadow Reservoir, Union Reservoir, Utica Reservoir
|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|
|2010-11||November 22||June 7|
|2011-12||January 18||May 11|
|2012-13||November 8||April 25|