Rockfall and conditions in Laurel Canyon

Laurel Canyon
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Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:15am
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Laurel Canyon 37° 34' 40.7856" N, 118° 54' 41.004" W
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I took a morning hike up to Laurel Lake from the 2WD trailhead to check things out.  There was intermittent snowcover on the road below the mines, with one NW-facing slope with a bad runout that felt a bit sketchy in trail runners on hard morning snow.  Fortunately someone had hiked it later in the day 1-2 days ago, so there was a nice deep boot-packall the way to the lake.  Snowcover is continuous from the mine up -- it's best to leave the road here, as it involves more steep side-hilling.

The lake is starting to melt, and there was just enough exposed water to attract a pair of mallard ducks.  I went as far as the previous footprints, saw that the Bloody Couloir looked good, and retraced my steps.  The snow was soft but still supportive at 10:00.  Descending the road around 10:20, I heard what sounded like a sizable rockslide coming off the west side of the valley (ENE facing).  I couldn't spot it, but did see some fairly recent wet slide debris.  

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Shorts and t-shirt weather while moving in the sun.

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