I drove up McGee Creek Canyon today to get a feel for snowpack coverage and conditions. Like at other lower elevation trailheads we have visited lately, coverage is becoming more of a problem during the approach and egress parts of a tour.
Below treeline the height of snow is about 20cm. The snow is soft and loose (ski penetration 15cm) so that in areas where it isn’t compacted (off trail) you are essentially riding on the ground.
Near and Above treeline there is stiff supportable snow in couloirs and convex start zones on W, NW, N, NE, E. Warm daytime temperatures, sun, and wind have combined to create a mixed bag of strong surfaces.
S and SE aspects are mostly melted out.
Warmer mid-day temperatures are starting to take their toll. Moraines, cliff bands, and brush are increasingly eating into the snow cover. This is especially true in the southern part of the forecast zone where snow totals are significantly less than at trailheads further north. I attached trailhead photos of Bishop Bowl, Mt. Tom and Table Mountain from yesterday for good measure.