Tree, Poison Flat, Carson Iceberg Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney: Your Backpacking Guide to the High Sierras Yellow Flower
Departing Lake Tahoe Basin during Winter.
Departing Lake Tahoe Basin during Winter.


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Lake Tahoe Basin

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High Sierra Nevada Mountain Backpacking & Hiker's Weather Resources





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Sierra Weather Northern Sierra Weather Central Sierra Weather Southern Sierra Weather Lake Tahoe Region Weather Carson Pass Region Weather lake Tahoe Weather Map Desolation Wilderness Map Meiss Country Map Gear trail guide index maps index

South Lake Tahoe Weather Resources


This weather page is concerned with providing weather information to hikers and backpackers on or near the Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trail routes through Desolation Wilderness and Meiss Roadless Area within the Lake Tahoe Basin.


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Meeks Bay             Echo Summit              South Upper Truckee
South Lake Tahoe Page Index
Road Conditions
Real-Time Stations
Snow Sensors

Snow Cover, Probability,

Reporting Stations
Topo Hiking Map
Trail Guide

Forecasts, Road Conditions,
Web Cams

Lake Tahoe Region Forecast

Lake Tahoe region Weather Forecast Link.

Road Conditions


Tahoe Basin Region Highways

Highway 80

Highway 89

Highway 50

Highway 88


Cal Trans Road Conditions Search


Cal Trans Road Conditions Phone Line


Eyes on Tahoe Basin

Web Cams

Sierra at Tahoe web cams Highway 50

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort web cams Highway 89


Web Cams

Lake Tahoe web cams



NWS: 7 day
South Lake Tahoe Region In-Depth Weather Forecast

Reporting Stations
Snow Sensors

Linked MAPS

Southwest Lake Tahoe Station List

The first link below bring you to an expansive map of Northern California Real-Time reporting stations.


North California Mesowest real time weather reporting stations.

The link below, to California State reporting station brings you to a lousy map interface, but it works...


California Department of Water Resources real time weather reporting stations.

All Federal
Snotel Stations
in California


South Lake Tahoe
reporting stations
laid out on a hiking map.


South Lake Tahoe reporting stations laid out on a hiking map. Ca. reporting stations located by NAD 27.

#1> RUBICON #2

Location: Near Desolation Wilderness between Stony Ridge Lake and Highway 89 on the East side of Rubicon Peak. Topo Map.

Site Information and Reports from RUBICON 2  

Daily Report from RUBICON #2

Latitude: 38 deg 59’

Longitude: -120 deg 7’

Elevation: 7689 feet


#2> Fallen Leaf

Location: Just North of Camp Richardson on Highway 89. Topo Map.

Site Information and Reports from Fallen Leaf

Daily Report from Fallen Leaf

Latitude: 38 deg 56'

Longitude: -120 deg 3'

Elevation: 6236 feet



Location: North of Upper Echo Lake, Desolation Wilderness. Topo Map.

Site Information and Reports from ECHO PEAK

Daily Report from ECHO PEAK

Latitude: 38 deg 50'

Longitude: -120 deg 4'

Elevation: 7670 feet


Temperature & Wind infomation

Echo Summit Highway 50

Meyers: Highway 50 & 89

Real Time Ground Reporting Stations

Planning our gear selection for our hike South from Lake Tahoe we have referred to a reasonable selection of real-time ground reporting stations that inform about temp, wind, rain, snow, and humidity.

This real-time data gives us both current and historical knowledge of the range of temperatures we can expect to experience at various points down the trail.

This information establishes our gear selection range.


Northern Sierra Nevada
Radar and Satellite
Weather Imagery

Northern Sierra Nevada Radar Imagery

Link to Northern Sierra Nevada Weather Radar out of Reno.

North Pacific and Sierra Nevada Satellite Imagery

Link to Weather Sattelite Imagery.

National Radar Map List of NWS Satellites              List of NOAA Satelittes

Weather Resources

snow cover

snow probability

weather & temp predictions

Snow cover on the Sierra Nevada graphical interface.

Sierra Nevada snow storm and snowfall probability forecasts.

Predictions of Sierra Nevada Weather Conditions.
Fall, Winter, and Spring. Fall, Winter, and Spring. Good for Summer hot & cold trends.

Trail Guide Information


This Weather Page, like the trail guide it is a part of, covers the High Sierra Trails from Meeks Bay along the Western Shore of Lake Tahoe down to the Mount Whitney Portal.

Therefore the trail guide begins in Desolation Wilderness and passes South through the Meiss Country Roadless Area before exiting the Lake Tahoe Basin just a bit North of Carson Pass.

National Forests around Lake Tahoe between Highway 89, 50, and 88

All land that drains into Lake Tahoe is defined as part of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. For the purposes of this trail guide the pertinent zones within the LTBMU are Desolation Wilderness and Meiss Country Roadless Area.

Desolation Wilderness is the busiest wilderness in the country. Permits may be difficult to obtain during the high Summer backpacking season. Meiss Country requires no permits, though these areas are a stone's throw from each other.

Trail Guide Section Index


Desolation Wilderness Map Index

Meiss Country Map Index

Miles & Elevations

Desolation Wilderness

Meiss Country

Trail Guide Pages: Click Red Dots

Desolation Wilderness

Meiss Country

South Lake Tahoe reporting stations laid out on a hiking map.

High Sierra Nevada Hiker's Weather Resources

Trail Guide Construction Note: As of June 2012 I am reworking these long-static draft High Sierra Weather Pages. Have you any good weather information you want to see up here? Email me.

North: NORTHERN SIERRA WEATHER                                       South: CARSON PASS

Be Ready for the Range: Basic Facts Basic High Sierra Weather Resources for the Backpacker

The Sierra Crest is noted for having the capacity to produce four seasons of weather during a single Summer Day.

Rain, snow, hail, fog, lightening, and a bit of sunshine can all happen in quick sequence.

The High Sierras are noted for rapid changes in weather and temperature, and the sudden appearance of harsh weather trends. You may experience anything from intense heat to bitterly cold Summer snow storms. Or you may not.

In any case, weather must be considered and proper gear preparations made to deal with the range of weather BEFORE entering the High Sierras.

Long Distance Backpackers who were on the High Sierra Crest in early August of 2009 experienced just such a series of Summer Snow Storms.

Temperatures dropped to the high teens and low twenties, snow and hail fell which partially obscured the trails, and all of those who entertained the misconception that the Sierras only have fine weather during the Summertime were bitterly disappointed. Luckily for the many backcountry travelers who were not properly prepared, those storms blew apart, rather than consolidated and deepened.

Weather considerations should guide your gear selection.

Weather Preparations for Backcountry Travel

All Seasons

Always check the National Weather Service Satellites, Maps, and Forecasts

The NWS Satellites will give you an orbital view of potiential storm activity far off the coast of California. Combined with the NWS Maps and Forecasts, you can anticipate weather. Note: especially check the 28km infrared and water vapor animations.

Check the National Weather Service Maps

NWS Maps Note: Especially Check the 24 to 48 Hour fronts and Precipitation Maps.

Consult the National Weather Service Home Page

The National Weather Service Home Page displays large and small scale weather warnings which may pertain to your High Sierra backpacking plans.

All Sierra Web Cams


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North: NORTHERN SIERRA WEATHER                                       South: CARSON PASS

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