It's a beautiful, snowy morning up top. The high yesterday reached 29 degrees. The overnight low was 17 degrees. It was 19 degrees and cloudy at 7am observation. The mountain received 2 inches of new snow, bringing our snowfall total up to 6 inches. The trails are very slick, so be sure to pack Microspikes if you intend to reach the summit. It's a beautiful day, get out and enjoy it!
I had a great night hike up Rainbow last night. I took off at 6:30 with my buddy Pretzel and we walked up the road from Twin Creeks. We made it to the trailhead just as night was darkness was settling in between the snow laced trees. There were plenty of blowdowns, adding a new wrinkle to a trail I've done more times than I can count. The moon's crescent was bright enough as we turned near the Falls that I thought there was someone else night hiking down. The stream crossings were a bit of a gamble in the dark, the snow covered rocks gave no hints as to how sturdy they'd be as stepping surfaces. We plunged our feet in a few times and laughed it off because there was nothing to do but go onwards and upwards. The Falls roared, but our headlamps were not bright enough to see them from the bridge. The first flakes of last nights' snowfall greeted us as we trudged up the final .6 from the Bullhead junction, giving us a taste of what we'd have in store come morning.