Superbly sunny skies greet guests atop the mountain this final Sunday morning of the 2023 season. Just three days remain, with today marking one of the great annual lodge crew traditions…Mountain Thanksgiving! Cooks and crew are excitedly preparing what should be a delicious feast for everyone who has put in tremendous work these past eight months. Temps dipped down into the upper 20s last night, as early risers will notice patchy frost around lodge grounds this morning. With the rising sun, conditions should warm quickly though, taking us well into the upper 40s this afternoon.
Folks coming into town for the holiday would be wise to take advantage of today’s weather to hike the mountain, because the next few days leading up to lodge close are looking turbulent. Rain is expected to roll in Monday night, persist through Tuesday, then possibly transition over to snow showers Wednesday. Of greater concern is the High Wind Warning that will climax Monday night, calling for gusts of 70mph. If those winds precede any rain, areas around the national park still dealing with extreme drought conditions need to be on high alert. For us here inside the park, such high winds bring about the concern for newly fallen trees. Please take note of any you might see on trail while traversing the mountain this week. Thank you.
Have a great day.