We have been advising allowed visitors to Scenic Hot springs to carry snowshoes because of the large amounts of snow that have been falling (and continue to fall) in the area.  That is not just idle advice . . . we mean it.  You are entering backcountry under winter conditions and a series of winter storm fronts.  You cannot rely on a beaten-down path at any time during winter.  Please carry snowshoes and be prepared for winter conditions.