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"To be a climber, one has to accept that gratification is rarely immediate." Bernadette McDonald The same lesson learned by alpine climbers persistently pushing towards the summit is also relevant to those of us who prefer to hike to the subalpine on a trail: all our patience waiting for the snow to melt will be rewarded with clear switchbacks to colorful meadows and sweeping views. Soon. In the meantime, please be aware that most hikes above 4-5,000 feet still are covered in snow and will require mountaineering gear and route-finding skills for quite a while. If you're hoping to hike a trail, it's a good idea to check in with a ranger for current conditions. This page of the park website contains phone numbers and hours of visitor and information centers: https://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/hours.htm Remember: our patience will be rewarded. Soon. #FindYourPark #NPWest #Hurryupandmeltalready #noactuallysnowpackisagoodthing #stillimpatient [Image Description: A lone figure hikes up a snowfield towards a jagged peak.] NPS/Bender photo