June 3, 2011 Silverton Live Snow Update
- Here are some observations from around the course in the past few days....
All the snow between Mineral Creek crossing and town melted out this week....no worries the last two miles!
99.9% of the trail leaving town and heading up the Animas is now melted out...no worries the first two miles!
San Juan County has plowed Engineer Pass road to a mile above Animas Forks...where snow is about 5' deep. Grouse Gulch starting to melt out in places.
Kamm Traverse-South Mineral-Porcupine...still a decent snowpatch above the cliffs on Kamm Traverse but only about 3' deep so should be gone soon. Large avie debris field closer to junction with road...maybe 15' deep and 50 yards wide. South Mineral road hasn't been plowed above the campground and is about 50% snow covered mostly 2-4' deep. A couple more big debris fields 10-20' deep cover the road. Short south facing descent from road to creek free of snow but short distance through meadow on other side of creek 2-3' deep....going up into the trees ?? likely deeper. Porcupine Basin completely white except for cliffs and windblown ridgeline at top. Ice Lakes Trail at 10,500 (leaving avalanche chute and entering woods), about a mile before intersecting Hardrock course and KT Trail, snow 4-6' deep, sugar, sugar...
Oscar's Pass...south side, with the exception of a few rock outcroppings, entire south face of range covered with snow to below tree line. North side of Oscar's completely white...Bridal Veil Basin covered more or less to treeline.Telluride....from 4600' above, looked sunny and warm. Some of the lower ski slopes completely melted out.
Mendota Saddle, Virginnius far off in the distance....white.
Maggie Gulch (as of two weeks ago) solid snow above treeline, 6-10 feet deep at Aid Station...who knows....but that was two weeks ago.
Days trending towards mostly sunny now, except when the wind kicks up and half of Utah is hanging over the San Juans.