Last night’s low temp was 1°, our coldest night since January 30th of this year. Any winds were light, so wind chills didn’t drop below -10°. Skies are clear and temps are rising, currently at 21°. Our snow total topped out at 1.5” and there was no melt yesterday.
Cherokee Orchard remains the only means of access to the lodge so far this morning. Guest reports are that the snow is slightly deeper down below than up here. There is no timetable for when US 441 or Roaring Fork will reopen.
Traction devices are crucial, especially while anything that begins to melt will refreeze overnight, so slick places are numerous. With the added snow and ice, everything is going to take longer, so it’s important to start early and for day hikers to leave the top with plenty of daylight. Most guests coming up Rainbow or Bull Head yesterday averaged 8-10 hours on trail.
Be safe, and enjoy these magical mountains!
Between the full moon and snow covered ground, headlamps were optional moving around camp last night.