Death Canyon 2017

August 15, 2017
Campsites and canyon are free of snow.
July 31, 2017
Campsites and canyon are free of snow.
July 17, 2017
Sites clear to the first sites around the big elbow, then snow.
July 3, 2017
All sites up to horse camp are clear. Group site partially covered but plenty of clear space for use. Bear box is clear and accessible. Consistent snow on trail begins around the horse camp. Several small creek crossings after elbow. Trekking poles useful to the end of the camp zone. Switchbacks going up to pass are approx 90% snow covered. Two small land slides near the pass don't appear to have affected trail.
June 26, 2017 
Patchy snow just above the Death Canyon Cabin then all snow to the Death Canyon Shelf.  A few dry campsites down low in the Death Canyon zone.
June 5, 2017
Some avy debris above Phelps Junction then dry to the very steep, snowy switchback slope below the cabin. Ice axe recommended. Snow cover is 100% after 2nd bridge into canyon.
June 4, 2017
In lower canyon several slopes of hard-packed avy debris with high-consequence falls necessitate ice axe, rigid boots, maybe crampons.