Weather for the week of April 23rd

The week of April 23rd began with a bright and sunny Sunday with highs reaching 70 in many places. On Monday there will be sunny skies giving way to clouds in the afternoon. The highs will be in the mid 60’s. On Tuesday the highs will only be in the high 40’s and there will be periods of rain throughout the day. On Wednesday morning there is a chance of some early rain showers. The rain should clear out and give way to clouds later in the morning. By Wednesday afternoon some sun my shine through the clouds and the highs will top out in the low 60’s. On Thursday the skies will be cloudy most of the day with afternoon thunderstorms and highs in the low 70’s. Friday will bring partly sunny skies in the morning followed by a possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon. The highs on Friday will reach the low 70s. Saturday should be mild with some sun and highs in the high 60’s. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can be tricky as you may be used to cooler temperatures but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of April 16th

The week of April 16th began with a bright and sunny Resurrection Sunday with highs reaching 80 in many places. In the early evening a short but violent thunderstorm swept many areas with rain lasting on and off for several hours. By Monday the showers will move out and the clouds cover will decrease. There will be some sun with highs in the low 60’s. On Tuesday the cooling trend will continue with party sunny skies and highs in the high 50’s. Wednesday morning will be cloudy and rain will move in for Wednesday afternoon. The highs will only be in the high 40’s. The pattern will continue on Thursday with clouds and then rain in the afternoon but the highs will reach the mid 50’s. Rain and drizzle will be around on Friday with highs in the low 50’s. The rain should leave by Saturday leaving clouds behind. The clouds will give way to sun but the highs will again reach inky into the high 40’s. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can be tricky as you may be used to cooler temperatures but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. It may be a good idea to continue bringing along spikes since the melting and refreezing can cause areas of ice on some trails at higher elevations. Be sure to carry plenty of water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of April 9th

The week of April 9th began with a bright and sunny Sunday with highs reaching 60 in many places. On Monday the skies will be sunny and the highs are expected to push toward the high 70’s. Tuesday will be a repeat of Monday with a little less sun. Wednesday will be much cooler but the highs will still reach almost 60 degrees with a mixture of clouds and sun. The temperatures will drop into the mid 50’s on Thursday and the skies will be partly sunny. On Friday there may be some showers under cloudy skies with highs in the mid 50’s. Saturday will see the rain move out but there will be patchy clouds in an otherwise sunny sky. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can be tricky as you may be used to cooler temperatures but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. It may be a good idea to continue bringing along spikes since the melting and refreezing can cause areas of ice on some trails at higher elevations. Be sure to carry plenty of water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Neversink Unique Area: Mullet and Denton Falls from Wolf Lake

MulletDentonWolfApr2017_01camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhike On Saturday, April 8th I wanted to hike a little longer and a little farther away from home. On weekdays when I have Track Practice I usually choose Frick Pond or Trout Pond but this gets very boring after a while. I had hiked on Monday but then had to work pat of the rest of the week. Working coupled with terrible weather had not allowed me to get out again. Cindy wanted to go so I was looking for a relatively flat area which would have some appeal for both of us. I proposed heading to the Neversink Unique Are near Rock Hill since there are several waterfalls which I knew would be roaring due to the recent rains. It had actually snowed a little more than an inch overnight and the temperature was in the low 30’s in the morning. In addition, the wind was blowing at almost 20 mph! We decided to wait until around noon to head out. As soon as Sheila found out we were going hiking, she would not leave my side. I got my clothing and gear together to prepare to leave. I decided that despite the forecast for highs in the 50’s I would wear tights and a baselayer on top. I wore my Mammut hoody and took a pair of light gloves and a light hat. Continue reading

Round Top Loops

gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhike On Monday, April 3rd I wanted to get out to hike but had a few things to take care of in the morning. I had expected a more sunny day but by 11:30 AM the temperature had risen to almost 50 degrees and the sun was just peeking through. I asked Cindy if she wanted to go across the greet to hike on Round Top and she agreed. Sheila was ready to go as soon as I mentioned the word “hike”. I dressed without a baselayer but did take a light hat and a light pair of gloves. I wore my Mammut hoody with the pit sips open to allow some airflow. We headed out a little after 11:30 AM with Sheila on her leash to cross the street. The only snow was in the snow banks around the church parking lot. I had decided not to bring my pack as I did not intend to take pictures as the day was overcast and dreary. We walked around the back of the church and started up the hill. The hill is short but steep but we made good time as there was no snow or ice. Sheila did a great job of pulling me up they’ll with little effort. We turned left into the woods at the trailhead and walked along the woods road which was completely devoid of snow. Continue reading

Weather for the week of April 2nd

The week of April 2nd began with a bright and sunny Sunday with highs reaching 60 in many places. On Monday the skies will be cloudy throughout the day but the highs will reach into the high 50’s to near 60. Rain moves in on Tuesday and should be around throughout the day with periods of heavier rain in the morning tapering to showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the low 50’s. Wednesday the rain will clear out and there will be plenty of sun with highs in the high 50’s. The rain returns on Thursday with showers on and off throughout the day. Highs will be in the high 40’s. The rain continues on Friday and the highs will drop to the low 40s. The forecast for Saturday is for sunny skies with highs in the low 50’s. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in colder temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated in cooler weather can sometimes be tricky as you do not feel as thirsty but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. It is also a good idea to continue bringing along spikes or crampons since the melting and refreezing can cause spectacular areas of ice on the trails. Snowshoes may be useful especially at higher elevations where snow has accumulated to greater depths and melts more slowly. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Frick and Hodge Ponds, Quick Lake and Flynn Trails

FrickHodgeApr2017_07camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhike On Saturday, April 1st it was the first day of trout season but the weather was far from ideal. The forecast was for rain throughout the morning but when I woke up it was snowing! I wanted to get out and hike but thought I might wait until the weather cleared a little. I planned to hike a loop on the east side of Mongaup Pond from the intersection of Mongaup Pond Road and Beech Mountain Road. This would include a visit to Mongaup Falls and was over 8 miles long. Just before noon the skies cleared and some sun was peeking through the clouds. I got my gear together and decided to dress a little warmer than I had been since the temperature was only 42 degrees on the back porch with a slight breeze. I knew that it would be colder at Frick Pond so I put on a pair of tights and packed heavier gloves. We left the house just after noon with Sheila in the back seat ready to go. We headed out the DeBruce Road and after about 6 miles I turned left on the Mongaup Road. At the intersection with Beech Mountain Road I stayed right and looked down the trail to the falls. It looked very snowy but sloppy with some running water. The small parking area had not been plowed so I immediately decided to go to the Frick Pond parking area and try a different route. Continue reading