Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Road system, around mile 14

Route & General Observations

Observation sent in from Park Rangers along road system.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Wet SlabAspect Southeast
Elevation 4000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

This avalanche came very close to hitting the road. It was observed by Park Rangers to have happened around 1:30 PM on Friday 5/12. Temperatures reached 45 degrees F at 4500 feet on Friday. Consistent temperatures near and above freezing will result in more natural wet avalanche activity. Wet avalanches can be difficult to predict the exact timing for release. They can also be large volume and highly destructive.

There is still a lot of snow in the mountains for this time of season. The spring shed cycle is just starting.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
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