I needed to get out of the house for a few hours for reason that are not important. There are a couple of ways I like to kill time, beer and hiking. Today I choose a hike since it has been late fall since my last hike. In the winter months around here it can be quite nasty and not worth getting outside to hike. The forecast mentioned a possibility of afternoon rain and a high in the mid-50’s. Not great, but also not to horrible. On the mountain its colder but as long as you are prepared the cold doesn’t have to be a problem.
As I arrived at the 211 entrance I could see thick storm clouds enveloping the mountain to my left. Despite the very real potential for rain I decided to just keep going. All over the mountain there was still a thick layer of snow on the ground. I was hoping it would have melted a little more but it was fine. As I started up the mountain I quickly realize how much my boots are not water proof. They are very old and have hundreds of miles and yet for reasons unknown I still haven’t replaced them. It just made hiking the mountain a little more interesting. The best I could I tried to hike on the exposed rocks. This at least kept me out of the puddles of ice cold water that had started to collect.
The weather was the biggest thing to deal with while on the mountain. Not long after I got going it started to rain but thankfully nothing serious. Later when I finally had cell service I checked the weather radar. The storm I originally saw when coming in split the mountain I hiked. By the time I made it near the top of the mountain I could see the weather was changing again for the worse. I did manage to find a clear spot near the top that allowed me to get a pretty good shot of the valley. Not far from here is where I planted myself for a while to relax on the rocks. I spent a little longer then I should have sitting around. Eventually I noticed the clouds coming from behind me around the mountain. The top of the mountain was splitting the clouds in half so they were coming from both my left and my right. After a few minutes it dawned on me that the weather was coming from my back and when I turned around a storm was quickly approaching.
I gathered my crap and headed down the mountain as quickly as I could. Coming up was pretty difficult but I knew that going down would be harder. I would have to follow the same path but the snow made the trail slippery. I was constantly worried about losing my footing and slipping on the rocks. Just as I made it to my car it started to rain. I had enough time to get my boots off and then the heavens opened up. It was actually pretty incredible as it rained all the way home. While I was sitting in my car I noticed a group of hikers to my left. At first I thought they just an overnight and where packing to leave the park. By the time I left I realized they where actually getting read to head into the forest. I love camping but hiking or camping in the rain sucks. Good love them for doing it however.
I knew the weather wouldn’t cooperate with me and that the trail would be a mess but I didn’t let it discourage me. That day I actually ran into a lot more people then I expected for such a crappy day. One couple in fact was out hiking with their 6-month old baby which was pretty cool. This hike was only a couple hours but the view near the top was pretty kick ass. Makes me eager for nicer weather and the opportunity to get out for more hiking.