Skin track set in old growth timber to sub ridge separating two major creek drainages.
Dec. 20, 2016, 1 p.m. PST
Weather: Snowfall from 12/19 was 12"-16" of low density powder, temps in low 20's and partial overcast with intermittent light snow showers. !2/20 storm total was another 12+" of heavier snow with higher moisture content. Moderate to heavy snowfall most of the day, temps in mid to upper 20's. Strong winds with gusts exceeding 30 mph on ridge, with soft slab developing rapidly. Visibility limited due to weather so could not observe adjacent area for avalanche activity. Snow turning to rain at mouth of canyon near Early Winters.
Snowpack: Hazards observed during descent are associated with low snow coverage prior to this storm cycle. Air pockets between log traps and other features are being bridged over and concealed by storm snow that has not settled out. Tree wells are deeper. Wind event was releasing tree bombs from timber on slopes.
Area Description: Ridge between Pine Creek and Cutthroat Creek approximately 4 miles from WA Pass. Elevation range 3500-5000'
Observation by Frank Clements
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No