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!