As expected, the mountain endured a rainy and rocky evening. We received 1.27” of rainfall, although judging by the amount of water flowing down from Cliff Tops clear through camp, you’d think we received more. It looks like the rain is pretty much done for the day, but the trails are going to be solidly saturated, so unless you like squishy feet, remember some waterproof boots. Temps are still fairly warm, as we reached a high of 50° yesterday and we’re already starting out in the lower 40s this morning. The clouds and breezes will persist today with a slight possibility of some clearing later.
As we do around this time each year, it’s good to remind folks of what the lodge will look like during our annual airlift resupply. Beginning Sunday, March 13, lodge grounds and buildings will be off limits to all visitors. This is for the safety of all visitors and to ensure an efficient and effective process for our team. Visitors can’t be in the flight path during the resupply or interfering with our operations. Our team will be using loud and heavy equipment at times in between drops and creating obstructions in what would otherwise be public spaces. Hikers will still be able to access the pit privies at the west end of camp or the backcountry shelter. Hikers are also advised to bring enough food and water for the duration of their trip, unless they choose to draw water from the naturally flowing spring shortly down Trillium Gap Trail (boil/purification recommended). Visitors will still be able to access the popular landmarks like Cliff Tops and Myrtle Point at anytime. After this Sunday, lodge grounds will not reopen to the public until the airlift is complete. Again, no services are available until we officially open our doors on Monday, March 21. Thank you for your cooperation and support!
Have a great day.
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