Second on the wind caves. I havn't been out for a few weeks but am sure the north facing slopes are still snow covered (or really muddy) as is anything higher up the canyon. You can make it into a three hour trip if you pack a lunch and eat at the top. My daughter and I like to do that quite often. We stop at Subway or better yet Old Grist Mill and pick up a sandwich on the way up the canyon.
Apparently, it has rained a few days prior to my hike, but the trail had no mud or snow last Wednesday. The vertical of the trail provides for a really good work out and the views and the caves were very cool. The hike was just what I was looking for -- thanks again.