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
Ebbetts Pass is OPEN again after being closed briefly. (as of May 26, 2016)
For the latest road conditons and closures, check with Caltrans.
Call 1-800.427.7623 or visit 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.
Stanislaus NF (May 24, 2016) "Four years of extreme drought and bark beetle infestation, combined with ongoing work to mitigate public safety hazards means some Stanislaus National Forest (STF) sites will not be open to the public for Memorial Day weekend and some may not open this summer."
Affected campgrounds are indicated below. Stanislaus NF Announcement.
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
Sourgrass Day Use Area
Lake Alpine Recreation Area (OPEN), Spicer Meadow Reservoir, Union Reservoir, Utica Reservoir - Open/p>
|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|