The guys at Shasta Mountain Guides hiked up to Avalanche Gulch on Mount Shasta this morning to find an interesting scene. The remnants of a massive avalanche were sitting around 7,200 feet on the mountain, with a 30-foot wall of debris as the main evidence.
Although the avalanche was not seen, the giant mound of snow sitting on the mountain tell a story of a possibly historic avalanche. It registered as a D4 avalanche, which is one notch away from the largest. The Mount Shasta Avalanche Center took to social media to discuss the incident:
“We think this D4 whopper in Avalanche Gulch on Mt Shasta occurred during last Wednesdayâ€™s rapid warming event following several feet of snow overnight,” the Avalanche Center wrote on Facebook. “Debris 30â€™ high and terminus at 7,200 feet. This potentially historic avalanche ran several miles and nearly 4,000 vertical feet.”
Avalanches are measured on a D scale, with D1 being the smallest and D5 being the largest. Thankfully, no one was on the mountain during the dangerous event.