I tried to hike to Mailbox Peak on the new trail. It’s about 4,000 feet of elevation gain to the mailbox. At around 3,000 feet elevation gain, the snow was deeper and slicker, and the trail became steep. I would need traction devices and trekking poles. It was hailing and there was limited tree cover at that elevation. I was not feeling particularly energetic to begin with, so I turned back.
As I hiked back down through the trees, the hail turned to snow. Then as I reached lower elevations, the snow turned to rain. I passed all the familiar landmarks from my ascent: burnt trees, waterfalls, bridges, then back to leafy brush. I was disappointed that I didn’t make it to the mailbox, but I know I made the right choice in turning back.