quote:Originally posted by stumptownrunner
I would like to do this trail in a few weeks. I do not have any avalanche training. Is there any avalanche risk on the marked winter trail?
There is always some risk. I also don't have any avalanche training so take this information with a grain of salt.
This a fairly safe trail. The ATES rating for the trail is simple. Be sure to check the bulletin before your trip and have a back-up plan ready if conditions are beyond your level of comfort/preparation.
*Of course, this tool is not a replacement for training, field observations, etc.
At the parking lot there is a map that shows one runout zone on the way up to the Red Heather warming hut (anyone have a picture of that map?) In my inexperienced opinion, there was one short slope to cross between Red Heather and Elfin Lakes on the winter route that could also support an avalanche.
If you get off track, it is reasonably easy to get into more risky territory so watch out for that.
All that said, this is probably one of the safer local ways to get up into the sub-alpine back country and the views from the ridge are excellent when the weather cooperates. Have a great trip.