Bishop Creek - NF Snow Conditions update

North Lake
Submission Info
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 12:30pm
37° 13' 37.9596" N, 118° 37' 37.7328" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

It was an overcast start to the day with some clearing mid-afternoon with broken cloud cover for the remainder of daylight hours. We did a quick travel up to North Lake campground in the NF Bishop Creek drainage under moderate SW winds and warm temperatures. The snow was quite sticky and slow, damp in nature.

It was 40F at 1230pm @ 9400ft

HS: 50-60cm around North Lake

HN: 15-20cm

Southwest winds looked to be much stronger on the crest with snow transport visible. It was not a significant amount of snow blowing around though; most of it was being sublimated in the atmosphere. We did not observe any recent avalanche activity on any aspects today. Northerly aspects had a fresher look with this past storms snowfall, but overall the area is still very shallow and lacks adequate coverage at least for my tastes nowadays. Risk vs. Reward isn’t quite there yet, or maybe it’s the degree of effort needed to get to the goods that are an inhibition. Very thin snow coverage within sage brush and mahogany would collapse and audible whumpfing could be heard.

Some terrain is filled in up high on northerly aspects and there is opportunistic riding for the intrepid adventurer.  Access to Bishop Bowl, Table Mountain - Bardini Canyon & Jawbone Canyon still is really not there—at all.  It sure would be nice to get a bigger snow event to spillover the crest and fill in the Bishop area. A meter of snow would really do the area some good.

Snowpack photos: 
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