Echo Summit Current Conditions

Road Closures, Campgrounds, Snow Reports, Weather

Weather Report

Current Conditions in Strawberry

Strawberry is at an elevation of 5,750 feet and is 8 miles west of Echo Summit.

While the Crystal Basin is at a similar elevation, because it is farther west, it sometimes has quite different weather from high on the pass. A good source of weather conditions in the Crystal Basin is the Eldorado National Forest - (530) 644-6048.

For more information about the weather higher on the pass during the winter, check Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort's: Sierra at Tahoe SNOW REPORT

Highway 50 Road Conditions

Highway 50 over Echo Summit is open year-round except when particularly severe weather or unusual road work closes the road temporarily. In years past landslides have cut off the highway along the American River canyon or avalanches have closed the road on the steep eastern slope, but those are rare occurences. Usually any closures are short.

The best source for up-to-date information on Highway 50 is the CalTrans Division of Highway Operations:
CalTrans Road Information
or check
Department of Transportation - Road Conditions.

Requirement One (R1): Chains or snow tread tires required. Snow tires must have a tread depth of 6/32" with a "M & S" imprint on the tire's sidewall.
Requirement Two (R2): Chains required on all vehicles except four-wheel drives or all-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels. (NOTE: four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas)
Requirement Three (R3): Chains are required on all vehicles, no exceptions.


National Forest Campgrounds and Roads
Open or Closed?

Eldorado National Forest website lists these campgrounds are OPEN as of September 10, 2016.

  • Airport Flat Campground - Closes October 11
  • Azalea Cove Campground - Closes October 11
  • Big Silver Group Campground - Closes September 27
  • Camino Cove Campground - Closes October 11
  • Capps Crossing Group Campground
  • Gerle Creek Campground - Closes October 11<
  • Ice House Campground Upper loop closed, lower lopp coses October 11
  • Jones Fork Campground
  • Lone Rock Campground
  • Loon Lake Campground - Closes October 11
  • Loon Lake Group Campground- Closes October 11
  • Lovers Leap Campground
  • Northshore Campground - Closes October 11
  • Northwind Campground
  • Pleasant Campground - closes by snow
  • Red Fir Group Campground - Closes Sept. 19
  • Sand Flat Campground
  • Southfork Group Campground
  • Strawberry Point Campground - Closes October 11
  • Sunset Campground Loops 1 and 2 closed, loop 3 closes October 11
  • Wentworth Springs Campground closes by snow or wet weather
  • West Point Campground - Closes October 11
  • Wrights Lake Campground - tent campground closed, equestrian campground closes Oct. 11

CLOSED as of September 10, 2016

  • Fashoda Campground
  • Jones Fork
  • Lone Rock
  • Silver Fork Camground
  • Wench Creek Campground
  • Wench Creek Group Campground
  • Wolf Creek Campground
  • Yellowjacket Campground

For the most current status of campgrounds in the Eldorado National Forest, see
Eldorado National Forest Campgrounds.

Eldorado National Forest Roads

For information about roads in the Eldorado National Forest (including the Mormon Emigrant Trail Road), check their information at Eldorado National Forest Roads.