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?

November 29, 2014, 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.


National Forest Campgrounds - Open or Closed?

Although the Calaveras Ranger District is listing these campgrounds as open, so late in the season it is wise to call to confirm: (209) 795-1381

OPEN as of October 31, 2014

  • Waka Luu Hep Yoo Campground

CLOSED as of October 31, 2014 - according to the Forest Service

  • Backpackers' Camp (Lake Alpine)
  • Big Meadow Group Campground
  • Big Meadow Campground
  • Bloomfield Campground
  • Hermit Valley Campground
  • Highland Lakes Campground
  • Lake Alpine Campground
  • Lodgepole Overflow Campground (opens when Lake Alpine basin is open)
  • Lodgepole Group Campground
  • Markleeville Campground
  • Mosquito Lakes Campground
  • Pacific Valley Campground
  • Pine Marten Campground
  • Sand Flat Campground - 4WD only
  • Silvertip Campground
  • Silver Valley Campground
  • Spicer Reservoir Campground
  • Spicer Reservoir Group Campground
  • Stanislaus River Campground
  • Silver Creek Campground

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 (call to confirm)

Recreation Areas - Closed, as of October 31, 2014

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 125, 2012 May 11
2012-13 December 17 April 25
2013-14 December 9 April 18