Hi, I'm day hiking up to LeConte around July 11th, just want to know what the weather is like around that time of year. Thanks for you help and God bless
Eddie, it'll likely be warm and humid for most of your hike. My wife and I have hiked in July multiple times. There are pictures of us covered in sweat... and pictures of us wearing our raincoats because it's so chilly (or raining). There's always a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, but they don't last forever and they're hit and miss. The best advice is to start checking weather.gov starting about 5 days before your hike... and check it twice a day including the night before your hike.
About the only thing I can guarantee is that it won't be snowing!
Eddie and all weather requesters: Its a game day call. Perhaps a few more if you'll accept anything, but history means nothing until some front decides to set up or move off.
July 11th is a Monday so Alum Cave Trail is out of the question.
If the weather is great and your group is in great shape then the Boulevard with lunch at The Jump Off is next. The second last mile is tough, so be ready for it. Something close to 6 liters of fluids.
Beyond that is Rainbow Falls/Bullhead. One up One down, same parking lot. If it is raining hard and/or has been raining hard it will have to be Bullhead both ways. Rainbow is apparently impossibly impassible in heavy heavy rain. Anything else and the side trail to Rocky Spur affords awesome views with almost no increase in distance. All that's left is Trillium Gap Trail which many people like.
There is no way to predict the weather this far ahead of time!
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Eddie, it's hard to say because the weather changes in the area at the drop of the hat. It will be hot and probably very humid. Take plenty of water and something to cover your skin and you should be fine.
My best advice to you can be summed up in one word - layers
My guys wear those light weight long pants that convert to shorts by zipping off the bottom. Multiple layers of light weight stay dry tops (short sleeve and long sleeve) and a light weight jacket or rain jacket to top it off. They were up last year in June and they wore everything they took! The temperature in Gatlinburg was in the 90's but it was in the 60's up top and went down to 48 at night.
Question: Been to the lodge many many times, but my first hike up Trillium was a few weeks ago. Loved it. I noticed the place just outside of camp to tie your horse. I have never heard of anyone horseback riding to the lodge but apparently it's an option? Does anyone do this?
Trillium is also a horse trail. The hitch rack outside of camp is for day use horses only. Not many horses come up because the llamas use the trail three days a week, parking is at a premium., and the trail is not in the best if shape for horse use.
You mentioned the llamas will be up Sunday (tomorrow) what trail do they use? What is their anticipated arrival time at the lodge? We have long wanted to observe but have not been here at appropriate times. We just arrived in Townsend for a week and would like to make it to see the supply delivery if possible. Thank you!!!
The llamas usually get started on the Trillium Gap trail about 7am. They will be at the lodge between 11:30 and 12. Then will head back down around 2
Will they make the trip a second time this week? If so appx the same time schedule (weather dependent of course). Thank YOU! We have observed the Spring supply air lift 2 years in a row and have been delighted with the wonderful ppl we met! Husb is former career US Army rotary wing instructor pilot and is currently employed with logistics at Toyota Motor Manufacturing KY in Georgetown KY. Thus your "supply process" plus our love of GSMNP hiking fuels our interest!
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