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Location (general area)
Mt Baden Powel
Road conditions to area
Clear with light dusting of overnight snow in some areas, patchy ice in sheltered locations
clear (no clouds)
Calm (smoke rises vertically)
Wind direction in degrees
calm no wind
at 7:15a.m 6600'/ 2011m
patchy on North aspects very little snow this low
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
Patchy snow up to about 8000'/ 2440m isolated icy spots on trail from heavy hiking traffic and overnight freezing. Trail was easily manageable.
At 8100'/ 2470m snow becomes more consistent melting on E. and NE aspects snow depth 3- 4"/ 7.6-10cm BP 2-3"/ 5-7.6cm
Loose grains under breakable thin crust N. aspects showed a light dusting on top with surface hoar prevalent in most areas.
at 9200'/ 2800m snow depth 6-8"/ 15-20cm BP 4"/ 10cm N. aspects 1.5-2"/ 3.8-5cm ice crust at ground with loose facets above covered by a thin loose slab prevalent surface hoar
Summit at 10:40a.m. snow depth 3-4"/ 7.6-10cm BP 2"/ 5cm ice crust at ground with loose facets under a loose thin slab. all covered in surface hoar
N. NE & NW aspects showed signs of rapid warming in the previous day with heavy roller ball activity in open areas.
At noon the parking area was 40°F/ 4.4°c
Drove out through Angeles forest highway to La Canada road clear and mostly dry. From Dawson Saddle to about 4 miles West lots of rockfall on road from snow melt. not much snow cover except N aspects along drive below 8000'/ 2440m.
Kratka Ridge almost completely dry
Waterman very thin up high
Rest of range virtually no snow
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