Chillin' on a Snow Road - Mt. Emily

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Updated: Friday, Nov 17, 2017 2:10 PM
Posted: Friday, Nov 17, 2017 12:54 PM
Avalanche Red Flags
Tesmond Hurd*
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Snow Conditions
With winter closing in, we're preparing to do a massive amount of "gettin' out" to collect snow data, and have fun too. It was actually snowing off and on in La Grande, so I headed back up Mt. Emily to check out the snow conditions. Everyone is probably asking why I always go up here. First, its closer to me than Tollgate (which is closer to Brian). Second, there's no automatic snow measuring equipment near the towers, so I do manual obs.

I was surprised to find the road mostly snow covered by getting to the junction near Robbs Hill. The snow depth ramped up fairly quickly with near 15-20 cm (6-8") the ridge top of Indian Rock. I tried getting to the towers, but the wind has caused snow transport and drifting, so the road became to dangerous to navigate without another redneck angel. If my snowmobile was present, I had enough snow to make it to the top.

If you're headed up, the road is slick in spots where the 'necks (defined by Mr. Warren Professional Photography) have packed down the snow on the graveled surface.

Backcountry observations provided or vetted by trained avalanche professionals.
The Snow
New Snow
2.5 cm
Total Snow
15 cm
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Snow Depths
Location #1: Ridgetop — 15 cm (map)
Location #2: Point of No Return — 17 cm (map)
The Weather
Overcast (> 7/8)
Snow - S1 Light snow
Indian Rock
Snow starting around 3500'
Logging slash pile burns
Snow across the road near USFS boundary

Snow near Crystal Springs
Snow at ~6000' (truck for reference)