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Pilgrim Creek / Ash Creek Butte

Location Name: 
Ash Creek Butte
East of Mt Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 03/22/2021 - 1:30pm
Observation made by: 

Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 27' 32.6088" N, 122° 2' 47.9616" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


On a tour to inspect the Ash Creek Butte weather stations, we saw a variety of conditions. Snow begins on Pilgrim Creek Road at the snowmobile park.  Along Pilgrim Creek and Cramer Springs Road there are intermittent patches of exposed road and dirt for about 7 miles (see map below). The rest of the way out to Ash Creek Butte is covered. Into the bowl, you'll find about 5 inches of settled moist snow from the Thursday/Friday storm sitting atop a firm crust and well bonded to it.  About half an inch of snow from last night sits on top and was also being softened by direct sun.

West faces of ridges were icy, firm and scoured. North facing and treed areas still held lower density snow. Generally, the snow was decent for snowmobilers, but a mixed bag for skiers.

Two small wind slabs were easily triggered along a north/south ridge. These were very small and harmless and did not represent overall conditions. Avalanche danger was low.

If you are boondocking off-road beware of underlying slash piles. They can give out from under you.

At the location on the map above, the height of snow was 104 in (265 cm).


  • Snow on road begins at Pilgrim Creek Snowmobile Park
  • Snow on road begins at Pilgrim Creek Snowmobile Park
  • Expect intermittent patches of exposed road and dirt for 7 miles
  • Good coverage after 7 miles
  • Upper few inches of snow has become moist, settled, and well bonded to underlying crust
  • Ridges are wintry. West faces are scoured.
  • Rimed conditions along ridge tops
  • A couple of small wind slabs were easy to trigger
  • Slash piles are traps for snowmobiles

Weather Observations


Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Blowing Snow: 
Accumulation rate: 
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Speed: