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Recreational Observation

Skinning through the creek area from Heather Meadows parking lot

March 8, 2017, 7:30 a.m. PST

Weather: Snowing hard, breezy, flat light

Snowpack: Deep snow. Light unconsolidated 20 cm on top of a denser layer.

Area Description: SE and S aspects of shoulder of Mt. Herman, Bagley lake and creek area

Avalanches: Skinning along the creek, could see a crown line on an east facing ridge down the lower 1/3 of the gulley. Light was so flat I thought it was a wind feature, and couldn't see a debris pile on the creek, where I expected it to be. As I got below the gully, on the other side of the creek, in was suddenly skinning on a crust, until then was knee deep. I looked to the slope beside me and then saw the debris pile, mostly buried in snow. It had run over the creek, and up the other side about 50m. Was spooky, so I hustled out of there. On the S aspect to lookers left of the usual skin track up Herman through the trees, was another pile of debris, mostly covered too. Hard to tell the size of either, because so much snow, and poor visibility. The second one seemed small, and just barely made it to the bottom.

Latitude: 48.800984

Longitude: -121.104527

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No