Thunder Mountain Northwest Slopes
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|Type:||Snow, Alpine, 2400 ft, Grade II|
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|Shared By:||Justin Johnsen on Jan 10, 2012|
|Admins:||jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionThis is a nice local spot for Los Angeles area residents to practice their winter mountaineering fundamentals. Some winters there won't be enough snow to bother with this. Follow the local weather and trip reports and you'll find the sweet days.
From the road, follow Big Butch Wash east/northeast up a moderate snow slopes. Watch out for occasional descending hazards: boulders from the steeper couloirs above, or off-piste snowboarders and skiers shredding down the wash from Thunder Mountain.
A crux is at the top of the wash, where the route turns north and goes up a short, steep hump that leads to a level valley. From there, a number of options can take you up the northwest slopes of Thunder Mountain to the summit, including a series of shallow gulleys and ridges.