"The best men come from the hills. Let me refine that statement: the best men, like the best wines come from the hills." Edward Abbey
It's a beautiful, clear morning up top. The high yesterday reached 16 degrees. The overnight low was 7 degrees. It was 14 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation and there is no snow up top. There are a few select patches of ice on the way up, but it was relatively easy to dance around. I wouldn't consider Microspikes a necessity. As far as I can tell, the air quality is fine. I hiked up yesteday with no troubles and my lungs feel great. I could not see any sign of active fires on this side of the Park, although it is evident that the Chimney Tops lost some significant trees up top. Get out and enjoy this beautiful day!