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Eddy Mountains

Location Name: 
Parks Creek Summit Area
Mt Eddy
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 03/08/2023 - 2:30pm
Observation made by: 
Red Flags:
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 20' 35.448" N, 122° 32' 15.8172" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


Eddy Mountains

Caught somewhat of a mid-afternoon break in the weather today, with light snow and little wind. The Eddy Mountains have seen variable and uneven new snow distribution due to shifty wind and different storm tracks, but none-the-less, there is a bunch of new snow out there and it's deep. In the Deadfall Lake drainage, up to two feet of new snow was measured on top of a thin melt/freeze crust that formed on March 2nd. This crust is not everywhere, only sunny slopes and lower elevation terrain. We have not observed any avalanches on this crust.

Soft storm slabs were the main avalanche problem of the day. Three small, natural avalanches were observed, on east and west/northwest facing slopes, all near and below treeline terrain. All avalanches were within the top 4–8 inches of new snow. This weak layer within new storm snow was teased out in a "burp-the-baby" test. (See photo) No avalanches stepped down to deeper layers. The wind today was mostly absent, though a lot of low density snow is available for transport. One shallow, natural wind slab was observed on a W/NW facing slope. 

  • Observation Location: Eddy Mountains, Parks, Deadfall
  • Elevation: 4,500 to 7,000 feet
  • Date: 20230308
  • Time: 1300 - 1600
  • Observer: Meyers / Anderson
  • Sky Conditions:  Broken (BKN) 
  • Current Precipitation: Type - SN, Rate - S-1 
  • Air Temperature: 23 °F
  • Surface Penetration: Boot penetration (PF) = 1-3 feet
  • Total Snow Depth (HS): 148 inches
  • 24-hour New Snow Depth (HN24): 6-12 inches
  • 24-hour New Snow Water Equivalent (HN24W): n/a
  • Wind Direction: SW | W
  • Wind Speed: Light (L), 1-16 mi/hr, twigs in motion


  • A few point releases, steep northwesterly terrain
  • Slabs on a northwesterly facing slope, below treeline
  • Small, shallow slab avalanche, easterly facing
  • Terrain near treeline, not much wind today.
  • Terrain near treeline, not much wind today.
  • Mount Eddy
  • Up to 2 feet of new snow on top of the March 2nd crust
  • Burp the baby test identified weak layer within storm snow

Weather Observations



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75% of the sky covered by clouds
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