It’s time to bid farewell to the most enjoyable sunny and warm streak of this past week, as the clouds and rain have finally rolled into town. Hikers should plan on a wet morning and early afternoon in the mountains as the rain showers work their way through. We’re starting off in the mid 40s for breakfast but the thermometer is expected to slowly creep downward as the day progresses in conjunction with the incoming cold front. By tonight temps could be around or just below freezing. The ground warmth could be enough to deter much ice formation, but travelers ought to come prepared for slick conditions tomorrow morning. By this evening skies should begin to clear and the next couple days are calling for the return of clear and sunny skies, albeit a little cooler than of late up top. Toting some extra layers wouldn’t be a bad idea.
There have been a number of bear sightings on the trails in recent days. Remember to follow the park’s recommended safe practices if and when you encounter wildlife larger than yourself. Check out this helpful link from the NPS website to learn more about black bears and what to do when you see one.