Our brief stint with winter continues for another day. There are still several stubborn patches of hoar frost clinging to tree limbs and shaded grasses atop the mountain. The sun yesterday managed to cook off the white stuff on most southern facing slopes, but it remained too chilly to instigate any change on the northern side. Warmer temps this afternoon will likely polish off the rest and bring us back to a more autumn-like scenery, despite most leaves on the mountain being long gone. Areas of ice on trail are gone linger though, and shift from place to place as the low-angled sun and shade jockey for position. With tons of foot traffic yesterday and another round of the freeze-thaw cycle, there are going to be plenty of slick spots along the upper half of the trails. We’re starting out in the low 20s this morning but could reach the mid 40s later today. We’ll dip back down around freezing again tonight, so we aren’t out of the cold conditions just yet. This weekend continues to look promising for sunshine and warmer temps, and we’re expecting another busy national once again. We’re toting up a last minute batch of this year’s incredibly popular “I Hiked It” shirt, but sizes are limited and the weekend crowds this month have been buying up lodge swag in droves. With so many supply chain challenges these days and the season drawing near its close, once certain date specific items are out of stock, they’re out!
Have a great day.