Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Jewell Mountain, June 6, 2011

Jewell Glacier (Girdwood area) condition update:

The skiing is great! The road and trail head are free from snow. I was able to walk to the cabin ruins at the old terminal moraine of the Jewell in hiking shoes. The snow is continuous above this point and looked as if it would link with the Raven. There is 3" of new snow (from Saturday night) above 3,800'. The new snow is slush-puppy quality, but it is white and fast. Last night the temperature dropped to 30°F at 3,500'. This AM (June 7) I skied down to 2,300' with minimal portaging using a network of gullies and questionable decision making.

Ragged Top on the Left

Upper Jewell Mountain

The "50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park" book has detailed information regarding Jewell Mountain (Hike 46).

- U.K.

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