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!