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Above Treeline

Location Name: 
Above Treeline
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 01/17/2022 - 2:00pm
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96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 21' 54.4212" N, 122° 13' 20.0928" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


As you ascend from below to above treeline you will find mostly soft snow - sometimes you will posthole - but mostly thin soft snow sits atop firmer, supportable snow. Skiers will sink anywhere from 1/2 inch to 2 inches. Not much evidence of ice fall was seen below Red Banks, but conditions are firm and icy up there. There is plenty of rime ice still plastered on high, wind exposed cliffs and crags. Moraines and ridges have plenty of visible rocks.

Cornices were solid and have not broken in the warmer temperatures. Small, wet sloughs seemed possible on very steep terrain, but generally loose wet avalanches did not seem to be a problem.

Sastrugis, wind-textured snow, and ski tracks all have created uneven snow surfaces. Open, sun exposed aspects held the best, smoothest snow for sliding.

Height of snow above treeline was measured at 61 in (155 cm).


  • Moraines and ridges have exposed rocks.
  • Cornices have not broken.

Weather Observations


Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
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Above Freezing
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