We spent 6 hours on the high trails from the lookout along the ridge to the west and there was snow, sleet or hail nearly all the time we were there. It was so wonderful to hike in that area under winter conditions because usually in winter the snow and ice make it impossible to get to the trail head. The valley hasn’t seen snow yet.
I hope your Priscilla trip was good! Yes, it’s probably pretty white up there too. Yesterday we were out for about 6 hours in a good wind, snow, hail and sleet. Your timing to hike Priscilla was very good!
I have a few pictures of the larch that I will post later. This was above the colorful trees. Near the top of the picture and a little to the right you can see a little yellow spot mostly obscured by the clouds. It is a fairly large patch of larch far off on another mountainside.
Ah, you answered my question! I spotted that color, and wondered if that wasn’t a bit of lingering autumn in the midst of all that snow. It’s truly beautiful. I haven’t had to drag out any of the cold-weather clothes I brought with me on my trip, although I did move to long pants — as much for the hiking as for the weather. It’s been beautiful here in Kansas,although the ragweed and dust from the soybean harvest are a little overwhelming!
I hope you’re having a good time on your visit there! It has gotten colder here now and very wet, for which I am very grateful! The snow is still up high, but I really love getting up there and hiking in it!