One silver lining of a light winter is that the summer routes on the peaks and the trails are clear of snow earlier than usual. Christy, Chase Edgerton, and I ran the Four Pass Loop last Saturday, about a month or so before we’ve been able to do it in year’s past.
While it is very dry, rather than join the “sky is falling” camp declaring that everything is going to burn, we’ve been looking at things more from the half-full perspective, that is, it’s been nice to have summer arrive early. Last year it snowed so far into spring that when we first ran this loop on July 31st, it was still a muddy, snowy mess. All of the trails here took forever to dry out. It’ll rain eventually, it always does, but for now, I’m sure a lot of people will be happy to know that the high routes are clear, so get out there.