Finally, the slick mountains of love break over us. Mary Oliver
It's a beautiful, grey morning up top. The high yesterday reached 19 degrees. The overnight low was 6 degrees. It was 10 degrees and cloudy at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation. There is still about 3 inches of slick, hardpack snow up here. The trails are pretty slick, I would definitely still recommend Microspikes if you intend to summit and descend safely. Enjoy the day!
I had a fantastic hike up Rainbow from Twin Creeks yesterday. There are few greater pleasures than wandering through an essentially closed National Park. I hiked the road for a few miles, marvelling at the snow laced trees. The peace and beauty was otherwordly. The tumult of the icy streams was a fantastic contrast to the tall, noble trees abiding by their banks. The Falls were starting to form a cone near their base. I would expect them to freeze up on Thursday morning. I reached the final .6 junction just as the light was fading in it's pre-sunset show. The dim gold glistening through the thin spruce fir forest was a fitting exclamation point.
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