Sunny Skies and Warm Temperatures Are Forecast For The 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

Photo: Gann Matsuda

The Owens Valley, in the vicinity of the Manzanar National Historic Site, has mostly fair skies as of 4:26 AM PDT on Friday, April 26. The high temperature in Lone Pine is expected to be 77 degrees, with a low of 53 degrees on Friday night.

The National Weather Service forecast for the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 27, calls for sunny skies with a high near 81 degrees, with winds out of the northwest between six and nine miles per hour (MPH), becoming east-northeast in the afternoon.


Low temperatures on Saturday night are forecast to drop to around 54 degrees, with winds out of the north between five and eight MPH.

Please note that the forecast information above was current as of this writing, but could easily change.

Despite what the weather forecast says, DO NOT make the mistake of being unprepared for bad weather! Be advised that the weather in the Owens Valley/Eastern Sierra can be highly unpredictable. It can be bright and sunny with clear, blue skies and comfortable temperatures and then, ten minutes later, storm clouds will darken the sky and drop heavy rain or even snow. High winds are always a threat and we have seen temperatures in the 90’s a bit more in recent years.

As such, the Manzanar Committee advises all Pilgrimage attendees to be prepared for all kinds of weather, hot, cold, rainy, windy or snowy. Dressing in layers is recommended and always have a hat, sunscreen lotion and lip balm, as there is no cover at the Manzanar cemetery (where the Pilgrimage is held), and the air in the desert of the Owens Valley is rather dry. Staying hydrated is also a must! Drink lots of water (drinking water will be provided at the Pilgrimage free of charge, thanks to the generosity of Crystal Geyser).

Those planning to attend the Manzanar At Dusk program, which begins at 5:00 PM that evening, should be prepared for cool weather, as some of the small group discussions will be held in the outdoor courtyard at Lone Pine High School.

Click here to get the latest forecast for the region from the National Weather Service here: NWS Forecast for Lone Pine, CA.

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