It’s a chilly mountain top this Sunday. The oven is keeping the kitchen warm as the biscuits rise, but outside the thermometer is still dropping, currently at 27°. The lodge received just over a half inch of rainfall, and thankfully the earth is still fairly warm preventing the ground from icing up on us. We’re socked in by dense clouds at the moment, but skies are expected to clear giving way to abundant sunshine this afternoon. Temps will remain frigid today, especially on account of the winds. Our high temp won’t escape the lower 40s, combined with wind gusts upwards of 25mph today. So don’t be deceived by the sunshine or warmer trailheads. If your pre-hike checklist doesn’t include bringing a warm hat, gloves, insulated layers and wind blocking coat, you could be in for a far less enjoyable time in the outdoors. Once we start the new week, conditions will remain sunny but become less harsh to the skin.