Rock and Pine Creek

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SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Rock and North Pine Creek
Submission Info
Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 10:00am
Red Flags: 
Rapid warming
Rock Creek 37° 23' 46.4172" N, 118° 46' 56.4024" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Last time out for the season.  Spent last weekend exploring South and North Fork of Big Pine.  Ended up near Palisade Ridge at about 12500.  Spent this weekend exploring Rock Creek.  Ended up around 12500' near Petit Griffon.  On this tour today, I turned around at that high point around 1030am with the temps already at a conservative 65F.

Overall, the snow pack seems stable, but rapid warming is occuring and overnight freeze is not.  Sun cups are close spaced and deep.  Snow bridges are getting dangerously undercut.  

If you are still headed out, be prepard to carry skis to about 10500' plus.  Biggest dangers seems to be creek crossings, variable snow surface causing injury far from trailhead, and rapid warming pulling something bigger than expected.  Still amazing for June and worth the effort.

 

Any other comments about the observation or links to outside pages that have more info on the observation: 

Last report for me this season.  

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Air temperature trend: 
Warming

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