OpenSummit is your trusted source for the most accurate mountain weather forecast, high-resolution map overlays, and trail conditions information.
In this guide to getting started with OpenSummit, we will walk you through the app and website, answer frequently asked questions, and share essential tools so that you always catch the best weather window for your next adventure.
Create Free Account
This is not required, though creating a free account will be the first of two steps to provide you with a convenient rundown of your favorite mountain locations.
The same email and password will be used to access your account on both the OpenSummit app and website, as well as our winter service, OpenSnow.
Choose the safest day and time for your next adventure with a convenient rundown of your favorite mountains. Add mountains to your Favorites by clicking the star on any mountain location or by editing your list in Settings > Your Favorites.
We color-code detailed hourly data so that you can quickly find your best weather window.
We also use recent weather conditions to estimate if the trail is snow-covered, muddy, a little wet, or dry, and we update this every hour.
Estimated Trail Conditions are available exclusively to All-Access subscribers.
Upon initial load of any mountain location screen, we provide a quick look at the Estimated Trail Conditions, along with a visual history of precipitation and temperature over the past 24 hours by clicking 'Show Weather History'.
The next section is labeled as 'Hourly Weather Forecast'. Each mountain location includes the hourly chance of precipitation, lightning potential, temperature, wind speed/gust/direction, and cloud cover. Free users can see 2 days of the hourly data, while All-Access subscribers can see the next 5 days.
Chance of Precipitation: The y-axis provides a range in precipitation percentage. The x-axis provides the time and chance of precipitation for each hour. We also include the precipitation type. Rain is green, rain/snow is purple, and hourly data for snow is blue.
Lightning Potential: The y-axis provides a range from none to very high. The x-axis provides the time and lightning potential for each hour. Green is a low chance, yellow is a medium chance, and the hourly data for a high or very high chance is red.
Temperature: The y-axis provides the range in temperature. The x-axis provides the time and temperature for each hour.
Wind Speed: The y-axis provides the range in wind speed. The x-axis provides the time on a continuous line for sustained wind speed, gust, and direction.
Cloud Cover: The y-axis provides the range in cloud cover %. The x-axis provides the time and hourly cloud cover % for each hour.
The final section to note under any individual location screen is ‘Nearby Mountains’. This section will populate with a map of nearby mountains and a quick look at their 5-day forecasts.
We make it easy (and beautiful) to see if there is precipitation and wildfire smoke heading toward your favorite mountain, or if there is snow cover nearby. You can also take a peek into the future with our 18-hour forecast animations for precipitation, wildfire smoke, cloud cover, wind gust, and temperature.
- Current Radar
- Forecast Radar
- Smoke (surface)
- Smoke (sky)
- Estimated Snow Depth
- Estimated 24-Hour Snowfall
- Cloud Cover
- Wind Gust
Maps > Select Overlay
Maps > Radar
Maps > Forecast Radar
Maps > Smoke (surface)
Maps > Smoke (sky)
Maps > Snow Depth
Maps > Temperature
The maps will update every hour with the latest available information.
Search & Explore
Search for thousands of mountain locations across the United States from the Maps screen and the top navigation bar.
The Maps screen also provides a quick glance at any location's 5-day forecast with our color-coded rating system.
View helpful outdoor and weather tips to always be prepared on your next outdoor adventure.
Here are just a few of our favorite articles:
View the entire library under the 'Learn' tab.
Frequently Asked Questions
(Q) What is the difference between a Free and All-Access account?
The following features are available to free accounts:
- 2-Day Hourly Forecasts
- Favorite Mountains List
- 5-Day Hourly Forecasts
- Estimated Trail Conditions
- Current & Forecast Radar
- Wildfire Smoke Forecast Maps
- Estimated 24-Hour Snowfall Map
- Estimated Snow Depth Map
- Cloud Cover Map
- Wind Gust Map
- Temperature Map
That's year-round weather coverage for all of your adventures for less than a cup of coffee per month.
(Q) What is the difference between the Single and Group subscription?
- 1 Subscription
- 1 Person
- 1 Subscription
- 4 People
- $39.99/year (Save 66%)
Once you sign up for the Group plan, invite three friends or family members. They will have their own email/password and can set up their own list of favorite mountains.
(Q) What weather forecast data is available on OpenSummit?
The weather data on OpenSummit can be viewed as hourly forecasts for the next 5 days and includes:
- Hourly Chance of Precipitation
- Hourly Lightning Potential
- Hourly Temperature
- Hourly Wind Speed
- Hourly Wind Gust
- Hourly Cloud Cover %
Use the links below to view our weather forecast data for popular mountain locations across the United States:
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Half Dome, California
Mt. Rainer, Washington
Pikes Peak, Colorado
Grand Teton, Wyoming
Mt. Washington, New Hampshire
Feedback & Support
Your feedback is incredibly important to us so please reach out to [email protected] and we will respond within 1-2 days, often much sooner.
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Upgrade to All-Access and receive exclusive benefits.
- Hourly Forecasts for 5 days
- Weather for the past 24 hours
- Radar Map Layer
- Snow Depth Map Layer
- OpenSnow All-Access
See the whole picture for only $29.99/year and don't get zapped.