It was too gorgeous out to resist a quick hike this afternoon when I got out of work, so I threw a few things in my fanny pack (lumbar pack to those who are too embarrassed to say the former word) and drove up to the trailhead.
A couple weeks ago, when I was here last, the trail was mostly dry until the halfway point, then there was a steady snowpack the rest of the way up. Effectively, not much has changed in the past two weeks, but you can tell it’s warmed up a lot. Water was flowing everywhere, and the snow that was present had that granular, warming Spring feel to it.
on the right is where the snow is still thoroughly covering the trail.
I probably should have brought my microspikes for the second half of the trail, where the snow was slippery for quite a ways. This made the hike down even more exciting, as I glissaded down some slick sections of trail (which provided a few good falls, including at least one Loony Toons-esque flop on my back).
Now that I’m back down, I can feel a sunburn heating up my face. It’s a pretty nice feeling for now. Mild temperatures, sunny skies, and fresh air are fine as far as I’m concerned.