Well after the storm moving in last week while hiking Pawnee Pass, all eyes were on the weather during the week. Initially we were going to hike from the Hessie Trailhead and head towards Rollins Pass and the divide, however a system moved into Colorado the day before bringing constant rain and snow easily to 10,000 feet on Saturday morning. So instead of doing that hike we met in Boulder and planned the Triple Peak Challenge or at least part of it. Arriving at the park and ride we normally use it was pouring but it did start to let up, with rain and temperatures near 50 that morning it was going to be an interesting hike.
We arranged carpools (not the original idea of we all drive on our own since it wasn’t too far) and headed to the parking lot at NCAR where we would start. As the rain progressed and the weatherproofing of the group was challenged we hiked around the many trails in the area. While looking back at one trail it appeared to be letting up and the sky clearing.
We started hiking on the trail and of course it quickly started to pour once again.
As we started to climb we stopped and made a determination that people were drenched already and it probably wasn’t wise to push forward after about two hours already on the trail. As we headed back down it was only 10am but it appeared to be much darker.
Back at the parking lot we decided to head to breakfast or lunch, which ended up being breakfast as the lunch place wasn’t open at 11am. After breakfast we headed across the parking lot to the other spot for a few pitchers and continue to dry off. Once we left, the rain was gone and the clouds lifting once again and we joked we could have hiked after all.