West Side hike

December 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Name: Jeff Lane| MWAC
Location: Mount Washington

I took advantage of the light winds and good visibility to see what the snow was looking like in a variety of places around the mountain. My route took me up Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and over to the top of Oakes Gulf, then across the West Side Trail, peeked into Great Gulf, and down Jewell Trail with good views of Burt Ravine. The short story is that there aren’t many avalanche starting zones or tracks that have really begun to fill in yet. On the west side, there is practically no snow in Monroe Brook, Ammo, or Burt Ravines. The same can be said for Oakes Gulf, with the exception of Main Gully which at least has started the process of filling in at the very top (don’t get too excited, it’s only enough to look like the rocks are covered.)

Of all the places I peered into today, Great Gulf has the best chance of having avalanche activity with the next storm. But again, don’t get excited, it is really only Airplane and it’s really only the uppermost part of the gully that has just begun to fill in. On a positive note, there is a fair amount of loose snow (ankle-shin deep) sitting around treeline and just above that might get transported to the east side if winds kick up.

Right now if you’re thinking of trying to ski something outside of the couple options on the east side, I would recommend waiting a while.