Since the newest trend seems to be "reporting" Sierra conditions, despite the fact that summitpost may be a more appropriate forum for this sort of thing, I'll add this from a week ago.
- Mosquitoes, snow persisting in shade above 9,000', green, abundant wildflowers, passes to 10,500' clear with snow patches, mostly solid above 11,000' (Clark Range), all water crossings easily negotiable... and oh yeah, did I already say MOSQUITOES?!? – I'm not going out again until mid-September
- I would hazard a guess that many passes above 11,000' north and 12,000' south of the San Joaquin will fail to completely clear of snow this year.
- ...as well as these decidedly non–LF images.
FYI: The otherwise unneeded ice axe (see video) was for Red Peak Pass, which I didn't have information for prior to leaving the trailhead.