Summer trail to Marion, then to Mission Peak environs.
Dec. 28, 2016, 11:30 a.m. PST
Weather: High overcast, light winds, out of the west, temperature 25 degree F ( estamated)
Snowpack: Snow pack in the upper basin was quite variable, with wind scoured ridges, and deposit zones in valleys, and wind protected areas. We dug a quick pit on a NE deposit zone at 6000 feet. We did not gather that much pit data, just wanted to get a general idea about the snow pack. We were able to dig all the way to the ground and preformed one compression test, a lite crust/surface hoar about 6cm was the most reactive, followed by the 12/17-18 crust, and then a failure at the ground snow interface where there was significant transformation. We kept to low angle terrain and were able to find a few good turns, but there were plenty of rocks to contend with. We did try a few short steep slopes trying to test for weakness with one small slab release, on the 6cm crust layer. Still a shallow snow pack here, but the deposit zones are deep enough to cause trouble.
Area Description: Clara lake basin.
Avalanches: None observed.
Observation by Jamie Tackman
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No