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?

King Fire has forced closure of many areas. Check fire situation at InciWeb

Eldorado National Forest website lists these campgrounds are OPEN, as of April 20, 2015.

  • Many campgrounds are scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend. See below.

CLOSED as of April 20, 2015

  • Airport Flat Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Azalea Cove Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Big Silver Group Campground
  • Camino Cove Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Capps Crossing Group Campground
  • Capps Crossing Group Campground
  • Fashoda Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Gerle Creek Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Ice House Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Jones Fork Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Loon Lake Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Lone Rock Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Loon Lake Group Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Lovers Leap Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Northshore Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Northwind Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Pleasant Campground
  • Red Fir Group Campground
  • Sand Flat Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Silver Fork Camground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Southfork Group Campground
  • Strawberry Point Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Sunset Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Wench Creek Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Wench Creek Group Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Wentworth Springs Campground
  • West Point Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Wolf Creek Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend
  • Wrights Lake Campground
  • Yellowjacket Campground - Scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend

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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