The week of September 10th began with a sunny Sunday with highs for the day in the mid 60’s. Monday will be pleasant and mostly sunny with highs in the low 70’s. The temperature will rise in the high 70’s under sunny skies on Tuesday. On Wednesday there will be sun in the morning giving way to some showers in the afternoon with highs in the low 70’s. Thursday will be mostly cloudy with highs again in the low 70’s. The clouds will continue into Friday with highs in the low 70’s and a chance of showers. The sun will break through again on Saturday with highs climbing slightly but still in the low 70’s. There will also be a possibility of showers. Getting wet in a shower may be refreshing but getting caught in a thunderstorm is no joke. When lightning begins to strike seek shelter under a rock overhang or in a lean-to or other building if possible. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can 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!