Our party of two were coming out from an overnight in the Tatoosh area - following the road route from Reflection Lake. When we arrived at the avalanche zone above Narada Falls, we observed many wind-blown features on the road and the route was completely covered. Further progress on the south end of the zone demonstrated some cracking (18" to 24") in the front of the snowshoes. Snowpack analysis reveled a wind-slab had been formed from the previous nights wind. Additionally, some surface hoar was observed on the night prior in the Reflection Lake area. We deemed the route too dangerous and retreated to the Mazama Ridge route for safe crossing.
Dec. 31, 2015, 8:15 a.m. PST
Weather: Clear sky with variable winds at 15-20 with gusts to 30.
Snowpack: Storm layer well formed and consolidated. Observed 8" to 10" wind slab layer on NW Facing slope above Narada Falls.
Area Description: Above Narada Falls / Inspiration Point - MRNP
Avalanches: No natural or human-triggered avalanches were observed.
Observation by Tim Kirk
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No