Incredible weather at Paradise Meadows today! First, pouring buckets of rain & strong wind – and still a couple of intrepid hikers headed out, to camp at Circlet Lake & attempt Mt Albert Edward tomorrow.
Then a couple hours later, the clouds blew away & blue sky appeared! along with a spectacular double rainbow to the northwest. Due to the low angle of the sun the entire arc of the lower rainbow was visible over Mt Washington’s Raven Lodge. The upper rainbow was quite faint above.
With blue skies all around, the southwest mountains appeared – with the fresh snow level just below the shoulder ridge, at about 1500m elevation.
By early afternoon rain had moved in once more , but a brief glimpse of the mountains again in mid-afternoon showed that the snow had already melted up to about the 1800m elevation.
A large group of hikers came out from having summited Mt Albert Edward. They were a group raising funds for the education of girls in developing countries – check their story at Climb For Change. In spite of the rain they were all very happy at reaching their goal! They reported the trail from Circlet Lake to the Ranger Cabin was basically a river with all the water pouring down.
On the way down the hill I encountered a female Sooty Grouse – then in the nearby grasses, a couple of younger ones peeked out! The chicks are almost fully grown at this time of year. None of them seemed to mind the rain!