At the pass I chose the brand new CDT trail option finished in 2012 that climbed the divide ridgeline and was in fantastic shape. The new trail had some amazing trail work including many winding switchbacks built into the rocky terrain. The original route stays low and avoids the climb and rocky terrain.
While on the ridge the sky darkened and thunder crackled constantly so I hurried to descend the switchbacks but only got a light sprinkle and the lightning never seemed to reach the ground. The storm passed as I ascended the next ridge and I was happy to miss the rain. At the end of the day, descending to the valley below and water, I found the ground saturated with puddles and vegetation soaked. It must have poured rain in the valley. Camping by a little stream a mile or so from where the new route meets the old.