Rock Slide from Lion’s Head

By Jason Cascone | New York City Fire Dept

Date of Observation: May 2, 2019  1:20 PM
Location of Observation: 44*15’40”N 71*17’30”W (Tuckerman Ravine Trail, 385 feet east of the rescue cache)

On May 2, 2019, at approximately 1322 hours, my hiking partner and I experienced a massive rock slide while hiking with our skis along the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. The rock slide lasted for—we estimate—at least thirty seconds. It was long enough for us to discuss how we should react. The event began as a thunder-like sound and increased in intensity to what felt and sounded like an earthquake. Visibility was poor as we were in the clouds and fog, but when the slide finally began visible, it looked like a wave crashing that was brown in color. I observed what looked like dirt, rubble, small rocks, and one huge chunk of rock popping up in the air. We estimate that the slide terminated about 100 feet uphill from the Tuckerman Train, and it appeared to come from Lion’s Head. The event was truly terrifying and left my legs literally trembling—pretty humbling. There were four other skiers who experienced the event as well who had just finished skiing and were hiking out of the ravine.


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