Recreational Observation

Gully to the wilderness boundary then to the first log bridge, crossing commonwealth creek

Jan. 22, 2016, 1 p.m. PST

Weather: Rain

Snowpack: Very soft

Area Description: Commonwealth Basin

Avalanches: Tree bombs were the problem. This is a safe route from avalanche danger . The rain on Thursday night cleared a lot of the snow from the trees so tree bombs were not a serious problem in low elevations. Upon entering the basin the temperature was initially low and the trees were heavily loaded. The combination of rising temperatures and the rain became a serious problem. Huge tree bombs began unloading. I was hit by one and buried up to my knees and was unable to extricate myself without my shovel. Luckily I was not injured. This is going to be a serious problem on Saturday if the temps stay elevated.

Observation by Pat Ellis

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No