Sunday, November 18, 2012
As of today (November 18th) there is 3-4 inches of snow on the trail to the hot springs. There are a series of active storm fronts due to move through the area in the next two weeks with predicted snow levels floating between 3,000 and 5,000 feet (check the advisories in the calendar to the right). Because of the terrain near Scenic we always drop predicted snow levels another 500 ft so we expect that Scenic will get it's fair share of snow in the next few days.
Presently, the snow on the trail is 'big flake' and slippery. Temperatures overnight were hovering right around 31 F. Traction devices are definitely a good idea to deal with the slippery sections of the upper trail (Trax, cleats, crampons, deep-tread boots). As of right now, snowshoes are not needed as we only have a few inches above wet ground that has not frozen yet.