Elderberry tour

Elderberry Canyon
Submission Info
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 12:00pm
Elderberry Canyon 37° 21' 9.288" N, 118° 39' 14.0724" W
Snowpit Observations
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Anticipating unstable snow for the next... while... I took a trip up Elderberry Canyon today.  I was able to put skis on around 7100' (just above where the trail crosses the creek), and skinned and booted up to the ridge around 12,000'.  The overall theme of the day was "crusty."  From 7100-10,000', boot kicks penetrated maybe 1-2cm in the morning, and it was still hard enough for my edges to chatter on the way down.  Around 11,000' (just above the mine), there was an upper crust, breakable with a gentle punch or sharp 4-finger stab, followed by 10-15cm sugar, then a solid layer supporting boots and sometimes requiring step-kicking.  From 11,500'-12,000', a weaker crust covered 15-20cm sugar, with the same solid layer beneath.

I noticed a similar rock-hard early afternoon crust two days ago (1/30) between 9000' and 11,000' in Esha Canyon.

I just thought it might be useful for people to know what will be underneath the massive incoming dump.

Weather Observations
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
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Sunny earlier, with high clouds starting mid-morning.  Calm to light winds almost everywhere, becoming light to moderate on Mount Tom's north ridge.

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