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!