The days are warming up nicely. The high yesterday was 44. As you can imagine it was plenty warm to melt the snow. The nights are a different story. The low last night was 21. This makes for an icy mess. The trails are extremely slick. I highly recommend all hikers to purchase ice walkers for a hike in these conditions. All of the roads and trails are open. Just be careful and take your time. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. I have seen a few cases of dehydration over the past week. Even in the colder temperatures, you need to make sure to re-hydrate.
11/9/2010 12:40:09 am
Looks like a beautiful day breaking. Soak it in.
You state the ice is melting, but still recommend ice cleats because the low was 21. We're coming in two weeks (19th) and the forecasts leading up to that weekend show above freezing temps. I KNOW things can change and your crystal ball is on the fritz, but do you think we'll be okay for no ice, that it'll all be gone?? Thanks!!!
11/9/2010 01:40:16 am
we are coming up tomorrow--we had planned on the alum cave trail--is it going to be ok without ice walkers or should we come a different trail?
11/9/2010 06:01:38 am
She's pretty clear with her post...at this time of year with freezing temps the trails are slick...you will need ice walkers. Even if temps get above freezing during the day, there's still ice in places. Any area that may be shaded and not in full sun will be slick. Even if the snow would all melt, wherever there is water (like hill run off) it will be ice, especially during the mornings. The higher you get the more ice you will encounter...better to be prepared....have ice walkers.
Ken & Harriett
11/9/2010 09:01:59 am
Finally, we're coming up tomorrow. Your pics and comments heightened our anticipation and made the wait bearable. Thanks very much.
11/9/2010 02:07:17 pm
I have found one of the more difficult areas for ice is the approach along the creek towards Arch Rock. There are long patches of rock that are very slick because of the ice and sloping terrain. The sun never hits these areas.
11/10/2010 12:03:07 am
We had a great time and we were all excited our oldest member gary made the 6.9 mile climb on his 60th birthday
11/10/2010 12:09:15 am
Happy birthday Gary. Hard to believe you made it up and down the mountain only to fall prey to the hot tub. Did you really get stuck between the tub and the lid? It's a good thing you were not sitting on the porta potty.
11/10/2010 07:28:03 am
I look forward to your daily postings and beautiful photos! Thanks for taking the time to share them with us! My husband and I are making our first trip to the lodge in April after hoping to for many years. I'm absolutely giddy with anticipation. What a magnificent adventure it will be. See you then!!
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