The week of March 18th began with a cool but sunny Sunday with highs reaching into the highi 30’s in most areas. Monday will be much the same with times of sun and clouds with highs in the mid-30’s. On Tuesday we will see mostly sun with some periods of clouds and highs in the mid 30’s. The forecast for Wednesday is much the same but with highs reaching again into the mid 30’s. Thursday repeats the same pattern with times of sun and clouds and highs in the mid 30’s. Friday will be sunny and slightly warmer with highs in the high 30’s. On Saturday the clouds roll in so that there will be little sun but the highs will reach 40 degrees. After the recent snowfalls, snowshoes should be worn from the trailhead or, at least, carried especially at higher elevations. Do NOT be fooled by the snow that has melted at lower elevations! On some trail microspikes or crampons may be needed as the freezing and melting creates ice flows which require more traction than snowshoes can provide. 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!