Leaving Montrose, I noticed the temp was 93F, typical for the past few weeks. As I turned off on the access road, storm clouds were forming over the mountains and the temp had dropped to 77F. Climbing the mountain road, I began to experience thunder and lightning, but not close enough for concern. Before reaching the top, I was in rain that soon turned to snow...those big, wet flakes that quickly covered the road with a light coating. At the summit, just over 10,000 feet elevation, the temperature was a solid 45F. I decided immediately not to do any hiking as I had planned.
Even after the rain stopped temporarily and the snow had melted, clouds and mist hung heavy over the mountains. Driving a spur road that leads to some very nice campsites, I spotted a young mule deer buck with mangled horns and a large sore on its hind leg.