The week of May 7th began with a cold and rainy Sunday with highs reaching only into the low 40’s. The overnight temperatures on Sunday are expected to reach into the low 30’s with the possibility of a snow shower! Monday will be more of the same with temperatures struggling to get into the mid 40’s. A double digit breeze and showers will make it feel even cooler. Tuesday will be mostly cloudy and cool with temperatures making it into the high 40’s but with less wind. On Wednesday the mercury should creep into the low 50’s with some sun and a few clouds. The trend will continue on Friday as the temperatures jump into the high 50’s with periods of sun and clouds. Friday will be mostly cloudy but the highs should reach the low 60’s. The forecast for Saturday is almost a copy of Friday. 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!