Unless you are prepared for hiking in the snow, the South Loop still has large snow patches. They get a little dicey right after the 1st Overlook. Then, at the Wilderness sign, the trail appears covered until the start of the second set of switchbacks. Give it another week.
Bird Nest ALERT
There is a small bird nesting on the side of the trail at the top of the first section of steps located just after the Rainbow Loop turnoff and before the bottom of the first set of switchbacks. She is in a small shallow hole and flew out as I went up and went down. After inspection, I saw three little blue eggs. The nest is in a very dangerous spot right next to the trail and it will be a miracle if the eggs develop and grow to be fledglings. Just watch your step and stay on the uphill side of the trail on the steps. The nest is in the downhill side embankment about one foot up from the floor of the trail. Godspeed, little bird.
|South Loop 5/23/17|