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.

Also useful is the CalTrans chain control map, showing up-to-date information on chain controls:
Tahoe Area Chain Controls

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.

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National Forest Campgrounds and Roads
Open or Closed?

Eldorado National Forest website lists these campgrounds are OPEN or OPENING SOON, as of May 23, 2016.

  • Airport Flat Campground
  • Azalea Cove Campground
  • Big Silver Group Campground
  • Camino Cove Campground
  • Capps Crossing Group Campground
  • Fashoda Campground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Gerle Creek Campground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Ice House Campground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Jones Fork Campground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Lone Rock Campground
  • Northshore Campground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Northwind Campground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Sand Flat Campground
  • Silver Fork Camground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Southfork Group Campground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Strawberry Point Campground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Sunset Campground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Wench Creek Campground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Wench Creek Group Campground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016
  • West Point Campground
  • Wolf Creek Campground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Yellowjacket Campground - expected to open Friday, May 27, 2016

CLOSED as of May 23, 2016

  • Loon Lake Campground - expected to open in mid or late June
  • Loon Lake Group Campground
  • Lovers Leap Campground - opening soon
  • Pleasant Campground - expected to open in mid or late June
  • Red Fir Group Campground - expected to open in mid or late June
  • Wentworth Springs Campground - expected to open in mid or late June
  • Wrights Lake Campground - expected to open in mid or late June

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.

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