Recreational Observation

We accessed the Obstruction Point Road from the winter access point and followed the road about 3.2 miles, past Steeple Rock but before Waterhole

Jan. 28, 2017, 8:45 p.m. PST

Weather: Windy, high clouds, some sun. Quite warm, 40 degrees if protected from the wind.

Snowpack: Some rocks along the ridge crest have been scoured of all snow. Saw in the distance that one of the southwest facing shoulders of Eagle Peak has been scoured to the ground. Cornices present along the east/north side of the ridge the road travels along. Overall variable snow surface: some surface hoar, some thin crust, some thicker crust, some loose wet snow. Windy and warm day, so the surface hoar may not last very long. Exposed WSW facing slopes along the route felt very crusty and dense. Lots of large pinwheels and rollerballs seen throughout the day.

Area Description: Obstruction Point Road near Hurricane Ridge

Avalanches: Evidence of recent small sloughs & dribbles was seen on the WSW slope below Steeple Rock/above the trail/road route. Several chunks of snow (size range from basketball to sink) from these had reached the trail/road route.

Observation by Brian Carpenter

Latitude: 47.952470

Longitude: -123.439250

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No