I was surprised by the low cloud deck and extremely poor visibility today. Some light mixed precipitation at the trailhead quickly changed over to snow by 4000ft. Winds were calm even in exposed along the ridge at 6800ft.
The snowpack is just showing signs of the spring thaw at lower elevations, with some nearly bare patches of road. Steep south-facing aspects had bare spots up to 4800ft. The pack consists of well-settled snow at these lower elevations.
At upper elevations, a 2cm melt-freeze crust caps the snow surface on all aspects where I traveled. Low visibility prevented me from getting info from true northerly terrain. Most locations have a dusting of new snow over this crust, up to 2cm deep in some places. I dug a snow profile at 6400ft in flat sheltered terrain. The height of snow ranged from 230-250cm in this area. Below the surface crust is around 60cm of settled storm snow above the Valentine's Crust, and the MLK crust is down about 90cm. Snow above and below these crusts is P hard and showed a favorable bond to both crusts. Stability tests produced no results on these deeper layers. I did observe a storm interface down 20cm, and while it was a clean, planar shear, it took strong force before it failed.