If you are hiking up this weekend, make sure you have plenty of warm layers to change into when you reach the top. If you are day hiking and you find it is taking longer to hike up than you expect, remember, you are only half way once you reach the top. You still have to hike down. It is getting dark around 6:45. It will probably take you about an hour less then it did to hike up. Turn around if you calculate that you will not have enough day light to reach your car. We have seen a lot of day hikers on the mountain around 5:30 and when asked, they have no flashlight or experience hiking at night. Remember, these words of advice are for novice hikers. If you have small children with you, make sure you get them off the mountain in plenty of time. We do not want another case of families spending the night out in these temperatures. One other thing to remember, if you introduce your children to hiking and they have a horrible experience, you may have turned them off to the great outdoors for the rest of their lives. That would be a shame.
Chris and I will be hiking off the mountain tomorrow. We are attending the memorial service for our dear friend, David Scanlon. Ruthie and Nathan will be keeping our entertained for a while. They will update you on trail conditions. Be safe and happy hiking.