Conditions in Rock Creek

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Rock Creek Road
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Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 4:15am
Rock Creek Road 37° 27' 29.1096" N, 118° 44' 1.8636" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Did a short tour up Rock Creek road today to look at the timing of the melt and general snowpack conditions in the basin. During this tour we observed no recent avalanche activity or other red flags.  We toured from the East Fork gate to Rock Creek road.  The road still has good coveage from the gate.  The moraines on either side of the road are a different story.  The W and NW facing moraine is very thin and patchy.  The east facing moraine is melting quickly, though crusty turns could be had in select spots. 

Unsurpisingly, snow conditons varied by aspect.  Solar aspects around 9000 ft started melting at 11am.  These aspects were melt freeze crusts with faceted snow beneath the crust. In the most shaded spots, I was able to find soft, recycled powder.  

Stopping at Rock Creek Lake, I glassed the surrounding slopes.  There were areas of small rollerballs below rocks on E facing slopes but nothing that picked up much momentum.  The NW flanks of Mt Morgan were heavily wind scoured.  Coverage looks better around Dade/Bear Creek and the areas we could see showed no recent avalanche activity. I've attached photos of Pointless and Mt Starr to give an idea of (lack) of coverage.

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Accumulation rate: 
None
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