It's been a wet start to this Tuesday, but conditions around the mountain are expected to improve as the day progresses. We tallied 0.2" of rainfall at time of reporting, with liquid precip still coming down. Temps have once again been moderate, hanging out between 43 and 49 degrees. Once this front pushes through, we're looking at a sharp drop in overnight temps...the freezing variety. Come ready for the cold, but also consider having those traction devices handy. All this rain we've received recently may not have made its way off the mountain entirely by the time temps plummet, causing it to freeze on trail. That means greater potential for slick places.
But there is hope...
Among the slim and charred spines of now-dead tree stumps are chutes and saplings of infantile vegetation full of life and frenetic growth. Table Mountain Pine, Rhododendron, Fetterbush are all knee high, with numerous Oaks and Maples already achieving head height as they reach for the sky. There is solace in knowing that beautiful places like Bull Head were not completely lost, but reborn from the ashes. Consider a hike on the Bull Head Trail in the future, not only to marvel at nature's resiliency, but at the handy work of the NPS trail crews to rehabilitate and reopen the trail this past year.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great afternoon!