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Weather Forecasts, Reports, Road Conditions
Carson Pass Weather Resources
Linked Ground Reporting Station
Carson Pass Area Station List
The first link below bring you to an expansive map of MesoWest Northern California Real-Time reporting stations. Scroll over the stations for basic information, click it for the full report.
The link below, to California State reporting station brings you to a lousy map interface which fails to even work...
Federal Reporting Station Locations
Carson Pass & West
East of Carson Pass
Locate Stations near
Calfornia State Stations
Focus: Carson Gap up to Meiss Meadow and down to Southeast end of Blue Lakes.
Note: Ca. reporting stations located by NAD 27.
All Carson Pass reporting stations laid out on a hiking map.
Location: Carson Pass, Highway 88. Topo Map.
#1> Carson Pass (state of ca sensor)
Location: Carson Pass, Highway 88. Topo Map.
Site Information and Reports from Carson Pass
Daily Report from Carson Pass
Elevation: 8353' ft
#2> SCHNEIDERS (state of ca sensor)
Location: South of Little Round Top. Indicative of Snow/Temps you will experience on North Side of Little Round Top, where the Pacific Crest Trail comes through Meiss Meadow. See Topo Map.
Site Information and Reports from Schneiders
Daily Report from Schneiders
Elevation: 8750' ft
#3> FORESTDALE CREEK
Location: Between Carson Pass and Forestdale Divide to the East of the PCT route.
Site Information and Reports from Forestdale CK
Daily Report from Forestdale CK
Elevation: 8017' ft
#4> Blue Lakes
Site Information and Reports from Blue Lakes
Daily Report from Blue Lakes Blue Lakes
Elevation: 8000' ft
#5> SILVER LAKE
Location: West Slope of Highway 88 West of Carson Pass. Visible at bottom of topo map.
Site Information and Reports from Silver Lake
Daily Report from Silver Lake
Elevation: 7100' ft
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.
weather & temp predictions
|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 splits into two branches departing the South Lake Tahoe Basin near Carson Pass. The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route tracks Southwest around Carson Pass on its way over Round Top onto the low Western Flank of the Sierra Nevada along the rough passage through Summit City Creek.
The Pacific Crest Trail hikes through Carson Pass passing along the Eastern fringe of the whole Round Top Massif following the high Eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada Crestline South to Ebbetts Pass.
Who Administers What?
Miles & Elevations
Trail Guide Pages: Click Red Dots
|Carson Pass reporting stations laid out on a hiking map.|
|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
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