2019 Snow Level

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Re: 2019 Snow Level

Post by mountainkat » January 12th, 2020, 7:43 am

Sherrard Point 1/11/2020
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Re: 2019 Snow Level

Post by mountainkat » January 13th, 2020, 3:34 pm

Sherrard Point 1/13/2020
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Re: 2019 Snow Level

Post by Bosterson » January 13th, 2020, 3:45 pm

Thanks Kathy! Could you just keep going back up there every couple days to check on it for us? ;)

If there's that much now, I expect that will be completely full well before the weekend... Are you going up from the river? How is the snow level on the trail below Sherrard? (I assume snowshoes are needed...)
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Re: 2019 Snow Level

Post by retired jerry » January 13th, 2020, 4:17 pm

I'm impressed you walked there :)

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Re: 2019 Snow Level

Post by mountainkat » January 13th, 2020, 7:09 pm

Bosterson, haha, maybe I will. I may have to see the snow covering the fence completely.

The first trip was from the river. Small amounts of snow starting at the boulder field. I just booted it to the top. The snow wasn't terribly deep that day and I only sunk at worst 6-8 inches down.

Today, I skied from 1 mile before the snow gate, which is around 2500 ft elevation. The snow got deep relatively quickly, but easy travel on skis. I rode my skis most of the way on the little trail to Sherrard, and took them off for the last little bit to the top. Postholed to my knees and thighs occasionally there. Maybe 1.5 - 2 ft came down since Saturday, so, yes, I will take snowshoes if I start from the river next time.

Jerry, today, I took the easy way up, on skis. :)

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Re: 2019 Snow Level

Post by Bosterson » January 18th, 2020, 8:41 pm

I tried to get to Sherrard today (via a Pablo direct route from Wahkeena). There is snow down to the Old Highway! And it's abysmal wet, heavy, terrible waterlogged snow! And it was raining! I put on snowshoes at the top of the Devil's Rest switchbacks. Apparently I only took 1 photo of the snow, on Basin Rd adjacent to the Devil's Rest trail ~ 2100 ft. Up high, the snow is terrible. I made it to the Larch Mtn Tr and then gave up (being rained on, everything wet, snow so deep and heavy). I had to break trail going down and it's like 3 ft of heavy wet slush you have to snowplow with your snowshoes for every step. The freezing level is going up (it was raining on the upper Larch Mtn trail ~ 3500 ft), so everyone should just stay out of the Gorge until the rain washes away the godawful slush that's currently out there, or else the temperature drops and refreezes everything.
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