South Fork Bishop Creek conditions

South Lake Trailhead
Submission Info
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 8:00pm
37° 10' 9.858" N, 118° 33' 53.0928" W
Snowpit Observations
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Good snow coverage on the South Fork road from the gate at Habeggers up to the South Lake Trailhead. Dug a quick pit above the trailhead at 9853 elevation and found 68cm total snow. (see attached snowpit) There was some small roller ball activity on sunny aspects.  Did not observe any recent avalanches in the upper elevations. The biggest driver of potential avalanche formation looked to be the wind up high in the alpine blowing and swirling transportable snow throughout the upper basins. Along the road and through out the area there was widspread surface hoar in shady and protected areas.  The  Treasure Lakes area and Bishop pass zone look to need another good storm before terrain really opens up for backcountry riding.

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It was warm and calm today in the South Fork Bishop Creek canyon, but above at 12-13,000 ft you could see the wind blowing and transporting last weeks light snows. There was a constant banner of snow off Johnson peak and winds up high looked to be coming from the south and southwest. At mid to lower elevations it was relatively light to calm. Skies were clear and it was 4C at 1:15pm in the afternoon.

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