Baldwin Cirque - New snow, light winds

Baldwin Cirque
Submission Info
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 3:00pm
37° 32' 4.3332" N, 118° 50' 54.3012" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured up to the Baldwin Cirque from the McGee Creek TH to check on snowpack, new snow and winds.  Cloudy day, with light flurried most of the day, with some short periods of 1-2cm an hour.  1-2" of new snow throughout day (see attached video), with a few inches last night up high.  All light and fluffy, with no wind effects.  Calm winds with light movement at ridgetop, no snow transport seen anywhere.  Dug several test pits, with no concerning results.

-11,300', ENE aspect, edge of couloir midway up: Total snow depth=165cm.  55cm of right-side-up new snow from fist hard at top to 4finger plus at bottom.  A very subtle temperature crust exists below the new snow, with a layer of 10cm fist plus faceted snow, and then ~1finger rounding faceted snow to ground.  CT22Q3 in upper portion of fist plus faceted layer.  ECT test did not fail at this interface, but did without propogating midway in the new snow layer.  

In summary, soft forgiving snow (boot top) throughout mid to upper elevations with no signs of instability, save for some minor surface sloughing in the very steepest terrain while skiing 3 different short couloirs up to 12,000'.  Greatest hazard was some barely submerged rocks in the aprons of chutes to below the basin.  Thin snow pack down to trail, but skiable with caution.       

Road totally clear, 2 mi hiking on mostly dry dirt trail.

Snowpit videos (tests, etc): 
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