Observation: Mirror Lake Highway

Observation Date
05/5/2017
Observer Name
Ted Scroggin

Region:

Location Name or Route
Bald Mt. Mirror Lake, Murdock Peak
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
South
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Beautiful clear morning, but barely a good re~freeze, calm winds and very warm temperatures even at the 10,000' elevation.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments
Trail conditions quickly softened and became mostly unsupportable early in the day. Many slopes have gone through a wet loose cycle with lots of wet debris on all aspects.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Rapid Warming
Red Flags Comments
Unseasonable warm temps for the first of May and the snow pack is getting hit with some of the warmest weather this spring.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Loose Wet Snow
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments
Slopes around the compass are going through a decent wet loose cycle with the big rise in temperatures.
Comments
1. This week the snow line on the highway receded quite fast with the parking now around the Whitney, Gold Hill road junctions. 2. The trailhead at Ruth Lake is still under feet of snow.
Slopes around the compass have gone through a wet loose cycle with some heavy dense debris stacking up.
It's not every season that a person can ride over the roof of the Mirror Lake Guard Station.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
None
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
None
Snow Profile Coordinates