The week of February 25th began with a cool and overcast Sunday with highs staying just below 40 degrees in most areas. Rain showers were spotty in the area throughout the day. Monday it will be partly sunny and milder with highs in the mid-40’s. Tuesday the highs will reach almost 50 degrees with plenty of sun. Wednesday will be mild with sunny intervals and highs in the low 50’s. Thursday will start out partly sunny but rain will move in during the afternoon. The highs will be in the high 40’s. Rain will continue through most of Friday with highs in the low 40’s. By Saturday the rain will move out but the day will be overcast with low clouds and highs in the high 30’s. Microspikes or crampons are now a “mandatory” item on many trails and, certainly, on the 35’s as freezing and melting creates ice flows. Snowshoes should be considered especially at higher elevations but may be unnecessary as the snow melts in the warm temperatures. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to prevent it from accumulating in your clothing which can bring about hypothermia. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated is important no matter the temperatures since 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!