Observation: Turnagain

Location: Turnagain Pass Road Obs

Route & General Observations

Drove through Turnagain Pass to Johnson Pass trail head around 2pm. No avalanche activity observed. New snow along┬áthe road ranged from 8″ on ┬áNorth side of Turnagain Pass to 3″ at Johnson Pass trail head.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

A little snow transport was observed on Pyramid peak (NW wind) at 1:30pm a few tiny dry loose point releases, otherwise no obvious signs observed.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear skies
Temps 22F
Calm winds along road, Sunburst wx station was averaging 10mph w/ gusts to 15mph from the WSW at 4pm.

Snow surface

Total snow depths (from 10/29 storm):
Seattle Ridge DOT lot - 8"
Motorized lot - 6"
Sunburst parking - 5"
Johnson Pass trail head - 3"


It looks like winter in Turnagain, but be aware of early season hazards under a thin snowpack. Turnagain Pass received 5-8" of new snow along the road, and we're guessing a few more inches at higher elevations. This new snow has fallen on moist ground, with patches of old snow above 2500', otherwise not much of a base.

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