Sort of did the peak backwards. Drove to the summit, hiked down then back up again. I certainly wasn't expecting lighting yet this year. Temperatures were in the low teens, it was foggy, and snowing. Not the usual lighting sort of conditions.
The summit was heavily fogged in on arrival with only some light snow falling.
Heavy fog and snow.
During the descent a window opened up in the weather providing some stunning scenery. However we noticed some flashes that at first we wrote off as being from the vehicles on the summit.
Our destination, and the glow of Colorado Springs through the clouds.
After getting below the 16 golden stairs there was one flash that was quite bright and we heard some low distant thunder. It was clear it was coming from the other side of the mountain, but motivation enough to begin to seek shelter as the storm began to move back up the mountain.
The storm rolling back in.
We beat a hasty retreat to the shelter of our vehicles.
Headed back to the summit.
The drive back down was very slow as whiteout conditions moved in on us.
White out on the highway.