Horse Creek

Location Name: 
Twin Lakes- Horse Creek
Other Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 04/03/2022 - 16:45
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Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Rapid warming

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
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Today we traveled into the Horse Creek drainage to gather snowpack and travel information for this area.  It was another warm and clear day with the winds remaining light throughout our tour.   We were glad we started our tour in trail runners since most of the summer trail was melted out below 8200 ft.   Above this, we found patchy snow coverage and continuous snow from 8500 ft and above.   Once we made it into the upper drainage signs of recent wet snow instabilities were prominent.  Most solar slopes that were steep enough had roller balls and we did observe a couple of small wet loose slides mainly entraining the recent snow from last week. 

We also came across a fresh glide avalanche on a granite slab.  This glide avalanche occurred on an East aspect at approximately 9500 ft, with crown depths being 1-2 ft deep, and was D2 in size.  We spoke with a group who saw this avalanche occur at 1145 am this morning and they said it released naturally.  Seeing this was a good reminder to be mindful when traveling over granite slabs with warming temperatures this time of year. 

Despite the warm temperatures, we were still finding specific areas of dry snow in shaded couloirs and northern aspects.  Having the full sharps kit was helpful since morning travel is firm and in-general variable across the terrain.

Lastly, we also observed plenty of trash left behind, so please do your part and Leave No Trace.  This is a high-use drainage, so let’s help keep it clean and beautiful!

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