Recent avalanche activity
Thu, Mar 14, 2019 - 11:52 AM
McKenzie Pass Area (Black Crater, Belknap, Washington)
Snow Conditions Avalanche Activity
Ski or Snowboard
Took a fitness/exploratory mission out to Mt. Washington yesterday starting at Ray Benson Sno-Park and toured out to the north ridge of the peak. We did not experience whumpfing or shooting cracks while touring to the base of the ridge. On the ridge proper the winds were strong out of the west which was causing significant cornice formation on the eastern side of the ridge as well as wind loading the eastern slopes. we were able to trigger small windslabs on a test slope on the ridge. Unfortunately we bailed off the ridge around 6500' due to high winds and low visibility so we did not take the time to dig for the buried surface hoar layer. The only information we have regarding the layer is that we experienced no whumpfing, but it could very well be present. On our way out we ran into a solo splitboarder that said he triggered a significant slide on Hayrick butte that appeared to be on the surface hoar layer. For others interested in the area, we beat out a pretty good skintrack starting where the PCT crosses Trail 2 (old santiam wagon rd.?) near Big Lake. UTM 591079e 4914767n is the waypoint I saved from where we left the road and started breaking trail out to the peak. Take advantage of the skintrack before the next storm buries it!