The weather was fantastic - 50 degrees and sunny with not even a gust of wind on the hike. One of the problems with spring hiking is the “monorail” of compacted snow that forms along the trail and melts much more slowly than the loose snow on the sides of the trail. It’s easy to step off the monorail and plunge up to your hip into the loose snow. On this day though, the snow was deep but still solid and I made great time up to the ridge. As you can see in the above photo, there was very little snow along the tops of the mountains. Just sun and blue skies. If my hike up Mt. Monroe was the perfect winter hiking day, this hike was the perfect spring day: warm, sunny, and great hiking conditions.