The week of March 25th began with a cool but sunny Sunday with highs reaching into the high 30’s in most areas. Monday will see plenty of sun with highs in the low 40’s. On Tuesday we will see mostly sun with some periods of clouds and highs in the mid 40’s. The forecast for Wednesday includes the possibility of a rain shower with highs reaching again into the mid 40’s. Thursday will be much warmer with highs in the mid 50’s and low clouds most of the day. Friday will be most cloudy with some sun and the threat of drizzle or rain showers. The highs should be in the high 40’s. On Saturday it will be partly sunny with highs in the high 40’s. Despite the warming trend which is melting much of the snow at the lower elevations, there is still plenty of snow on the peaks. Snowshoes should be worn from the trailhead or, at least, carried especially when visiting higher 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!