It does at the higher elevations in the heavy forests and on the north slopes. Today I was on a mountain about fifty miles from there where there was much more snow remaining. I was a little higher. Some years in the Mission Mountains east of Glacier park some snow will remain all year.
I tried to find that trail two months ago when I hiked up there on snowshoes but was unable to find it. I’m sure there was more ice on the waterfall abut I also suspect that it ran beneath deep snow as several other small streams I found did. Since April the snow that was six feet deep on the road has now all melted.
The old snow is a familiar and fleeting image in our region, as well….temps will be up near 100 in the valley this weekend…so it will be plenty warm during the days and evenings up in the mountains…but I’m pretty sure I’ll encounter more of the white stuff on my hike this Sunday as I head up to Lake Blanche for the first time this season….. That’s a classic mountain springtime image, Terry….very nice.
That day was a bit cold. Today though I was in even more snow than that but the temperature was around 60 and would have been very warm except for a strong wind. Compared to 110º I’d bet you would have liked it!
“Transition time” is a good way to put it, and it’s a very active and often violent time here. I think that waterfall was quite a force a month ago at the peak of the snow melt. One has to be out in the wilderness at all times of the year to see all of it’s raw beauty and begin to understand just a little of it.
I could the sound of roaring water shortly after leaving the trail head. This was the only large falls that I could see from the trail but there was at least another big one in the canyon below where the trail crossed it because it was very loud. Yes, the smell of the trees and the smell of pure air! I’ve heard people comment on that when they come up here for the first time. I have just about forgotten the contrasting smells of the city.