The road up to the lake, around the lake and then back down the road.
Dec. 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m. PST
Weather: No wind to speak of, temps in the 20s. Mostly cloudy with a few sun breaks. Some ice pellets precipitated
Snowpack: Lots of unconsolidated snow (30" +!) present which made breaking trail a real workout. No signs of avalanches. Dug a quick pit on a SW-facing aspect at about 4800' along the road just to see what we could find. Had to dig way down to find something other than unconsolidated new snow. Found a sugary layer about 120cm down that is probably from the inversion. Isolated a column and tried a quick CT test. Results were not dramatic. The unconsolidated snow sluffed sideways at about 20 cm (5 taps) and 40cm down (five taps) but did not produce a solid plane or bed. The remains of the column did not fail, including where the unconsolidated snow met the melt-freeze crust despite vigorous pounding on the shovel at that point.
Area Description: Skyline Ridge
Observation by Brian Carpenter
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No