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Location Name:Cliff Lake
Date and time of observation:Sat, 04/08/2023 - 2:00pm
Observation made by:Forecaster
Recent avalanche activity
96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States41° 11' 56.8644" N, 122° 29' 26.5776" W
See map: Google Maps
Cloud Cover:75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature:Above Freezing
Air temperature trend:Warming
Three of us quested up the south fork of the Sacramento River in hopes to check on the Mt Eddy weather station and gain some snowpack observations.
Observations from the Cliff Lake area:
Signs of wet instability were abundant. A surprising amount of avalanche activity has occurred above Cliff Lake on north facing terrain. Virtually every steep slope has released with some sort of wet avalanche. From the lake we could see roller balls, point-release wet loose, and wet slab avalanches. Crowns ranged from a few inches to a foot deep, spanning a few hundred feet wide. All avalanche activity was natural. A lot of this had likely occurred today, we witnessed multiple wet loose avalanches just in the period we were observing. I suspect the slab avalanches happened yesterday, with all the heavy wet snow that had fallen the night before.
Cornices on north facing terrain have grown to be impressively large in this area. I suspect with the approaching warm weather, these will begin to destabilize.
Unfortunately, we were thwarted from the Mt Eddy weather station due to the poor conditions.