Climate - AAT = -1 °C, average windspeeds range from 6 to 9 m/sec, and gusts greater than 20 m/sec are common.
Soils - Bedrock at the site is primarily Medicine Bow Peak quartzite. Soils are minimally developed, formed over quartzite bedrock that is crossed by weatherable mafic intrusions of amphibolite. Glacial till is present in the lower elevation areas of the watershed. Geological features include exposed bedrock, talus slopes and shallow, immature soils with low base saturation.
Vegetation - Alpine and subalpine vegetation are dominant
Facilities - Laboratory, storage, lodging, and kitchen facilities are available for researchers in Centennial, Wyoming, about 10 km from Glacier Lakes