It felt so good to sleep in late in a real bed. We piddled around all morning and didn’t make it back to the trail till 12:30. The temperature dropped dramatically when we got out of the car up on the mountain. In hindsight that should have been a major clue of what was to come.
We set off at a brisk pace; not wanting to go too far, but wanting to warm up. Within an hour it started raining. As the trail continued to climb the rain began to change to mixed sleet. As we finally topped out, we were in a true snowstorm. We stayed warm by hiking and didn’t stop for breaks.
At 6:20 we made it to Killen Creek and quickly found spots to setup our shelters. At that point it became a race to get into the sleeping bag. I lay in my bag getting warm for an hour before finally deciding to cook dinner. Even then, I didn’t get up but prepped everything from inside the tarp. With everything wet and the snow coming down, I have no idea how I’m going to hike tomorrow.