It’s a beautiful and mild morning on the mountain as we roll out this Thursday. Skies will be a pleasant mix of sun and clouds today with light winds blowing over the upper elevations. Temps are in the 50s currently and should creep up close to 70° this afternoon. A few tiny storm cells could be spotted near and far yesterday evening, some putting on riveting electrical displays toward the horizon, but our peak managed to dodge the atmospheric action. There is a chance for some afternoon storms on Friday.
As always, keep the hydration happening before, during, and after your hike. Early starts are certainly beneficial in order to beat the high heat of the afternoon hours. It’s even worth planning your routes up and down the mountain accordingly to avoid the scorching sun and roasting temps, especially down low. For example, a trail like Bull Head, where hikers are exposed to the elements with little to no cover of trees for miles, should be avoided once the sun gets high in the sky. Especially as an ascent option. Trails like Rainbow Falls and Trillium Gap scale the mountain’s more shaded north side and are mostly forested. The Boulevard traverses ridge lines entirely in the upper elevations and are more apt to catch a cool breeze. of course each of these paths are longer than the more popular Alum Cave, so account for earlier starts and extra time on trail should you go either route.
Have a great day.