On the afternoon of July 2, 2023, A party of three hikers were caught and carried in a wet loose avalanche at about 12,500′ on a NE aspect while descending above Red Lake, on Split Mountain near Big Pine, CA. While no one was buried in this avalanche, two individuals sustained minor to moderate injuries. One sustained major injuries which ultimately led to their death. The surviving parties contacted the Inyo County Sherrif office and Search and Rescue was initiated. Details are scarce regarding the circumstances of this incident and the specifics of the avalanche. However, initial reports suggest this was a very small wet loose avalanche that was large enough to cause all three parties to fall in steep and rocky terrain.
We at ESAC extend our sincere condolences to the friends and family of the deceased and to all of those affected by this tragedy. The Incident investigation is ongoing, and a full report is forthcoming.Close