Observations

Lionshead Summer Trail

January 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Name: Ryan Lewthwaite| MWAC
Location: Lionshead Summer Trail

While hiking the summer Lionshead Trail we observed debris from a recent wind slab avalanche. The avalanche released naturally, 50 feet above the trail, and may have resulted from falling snow off small trees. The size of the avalanche and it destructive potential would be R2 D2; small relative to path but could still bury, injury or kill a person. The initial photo shows substantial avalanche debris where underprepared people, unsuspectingly walk into dangerous terrain. In the background there is a rounded, wind firmed appearance to the snow, indicating there could be a slab of drifted snow. We chose to turn around at that point. If you travel on snowy steep slopes on Mount Washington you may encounter avalanche terrain such as this.