March 31, 2019
Good afternoon all,
March 30, 2019
This morning I awoke to clouds covering our view of the valley below. While sitting on my porch, I noticed a couple of deer grazing and playing silently among the foliage. I surprisingly managed to catch a picture of one in mid air. We are expected to stay in the clouds throughout the day although no rain is expected until later in the evening. At that point we may see temperatures cool enough to allow for the rain to turn into snow. Stay tuned to see if we receive any overnight!
Yesterday, we reached a high of 50 degrees while overnight we stayed just above freezing at 34 degrees. While currently at a mild 42, cloud cover and wind gusts of about 15 miles per hour are causing us to put on a couple layers as we do our work about camp. Tonight, we are expected to receive that rain/snow mix with temps in the upper 20s. If you are planning to reach the summit within the next couple of days, warm waterproof layers are a must and traction devices should be kept close by in anticipation of some icy areas on the trail.
March 29, 2019
We are certainly happy this Friday as were at a warm 48 degrees currently and enjoying the sunshine as we visit with the llamas. They will continue their Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule for the next couple of months and we will update you if there is any change. A quick reminder that Roaring Fork Road continues to be closed until mid April. If you would like to reach the Trillium Gap trail, you will need to take the two mile connector trail from the Bull Head/Rainbow Falls parking lot.
Overnight, we reached a low of 31 degrees and yesterday our high was 50. Tonight, we aren't expecting a freeze again however, later in the weekend, it is projected for us to be in the freezing temps and may even receive some snow flurries early next week. Keep those warm layers close by!
March 28, 2019
The ice is finally beginning to thaw up top as we experienced a warm 43 degrees yesterday and may even see the lower 50s today. A warm March for LeConte. Crew are taking in the warm weather and clear view in between making beds. The birds were chirping this morning as they awoke from a chilly nap overnight, 27 degrees to be exact, but all is calm on LeConte as we prepare for another stunning day.
If you do plan on a summit today, still keep those traction devices at hand as there may still be a couple of icy spots on the trail. Additionally, as we get into the late afternoon hours, we are expected to get into the upper 20s again so remember those layers!
March 27, 2019
First Llama day of the season!!!
Today we got to see our llama friends back at the lodge for the first time of the 2019 season. All of crew were super excited to say hello and give out well deserved treats to all the llamas. After a nice relaxing break at the summit they headed back home down the mountain as crew waved goodbye from the back porch.
Last night we received an amazing sunset that set the sky a blaze with rich orange and pink color. Guest were able to witness the beautiful sunset from Cliff Tops despite the chilly temps. Yesterdays low was 25 degrees with a surprising high of 40 degrees. We were fortunate to have no rain but below freezing temps at night still leaves a few lingering icy patches. For those planning a hike up can still benefit from traction devices and extra layers.
Last nights sunset was certainly one for the books
March 26, 2019
Good Morning All,
I woke this morning to a chilly camp, 28 degrees to be exact. Still too dark to see I relied on my trusty headlamp to guide me through making breakfast. Waiting for a bright sunrise to peak from behind the mountains only to be met with a dense wall of fog covering all of camp. Realizing I was not going to get any views in the distance this morning I focused my gaze to what was right in front of me and was delightfully surprised by a couple of deer that decided to visit camp. It reminded me that even if the grand views looking over hundreds of miles aren't clear, there is still beauty to be found up close.
Yesterdays high reached all the way to 38 degrees and dropped overnight to 27 degrees. With 0.7 inches of rainfall yesterday and freezing temps we are seeing a fair amount of ice around camp. If you are planning a hike be sure to bring traction devices for the higher elevations and have plenty of warm layers. Forecast is calling for the fog and cloud cover to lift around noon today and remain clear/sunny though temps won't get much higher than the lower 40s.
March 25, 2019
IT'S OPENING DAY!!!!!!
The 95th season will officially begin today at 12:00pm. We are excited to sell our fresh cookies and sack lunches in the kitchen as well as our new 2019 t-shirt in the office. Don't forget to purchase yours when you visit!
Overnight, the lodge felt a chilly 27 degrees although we have already started warming up and are currently at 38 degrees. Rain is in our forecast today (we've felt a couple sprinkles already) and the cool wind is blowing adding an extra chill. Much of the trails are still iced over as well so if your visiting the lodge today, bring warm, waterproof layers and traction devices.
We hope to see you at the top!
Meet the crew! Left to Right: Lane, Mo, Erin, Kemp, Emily (cook), Jacob and Don.
Site Management, Jeremiah and Allison, are ready for another successful year!
March 24, 2019
It feels like a downright heatwave up here. We’re already above freezing at sunup and quickly climbing through the 40s. Skies aren’t as clear as yesterday, but it should be another gorgeous day to play in the woods regardless. We anticipate some rain moving in for the beginning of the week, but don’t let that dampen your spirits.
Why not, may you ask? Because tomorrow is Opening Day of the 2019 season, and today we’re
unveiling this year’s “I Hiked It” shirt design!
So, no need to discuss anything else. Check out just a sampling of what we’ll have to offer this season atop Mt. LeConte. All available for purchase starting tomorrow at noon!
March 23, 2019
It’s a gem of a day to be on the mountain. A sunny Saturday in the Smokies, where else would rather be? Temps are warmer than they’ve been in a while, climbing into the 40s. The snow is melting wherever the light can reach it, but areas in the shade are going to hold on to their chill a couple days longer. Continue to watch for ice and snow along the upper half of the trail.
With Airlift behind us, and a great deal of preseason preparation complete, the Crew is spending their last couple of days before the lodge opens in relaxing fashion. It’s also a great time to wander around the mountain, soaking up some of the best views this region has to offer. Business on the mountain resumes Monday, March 25 in which we’ll once again be cranking out hot chocolate, cookies, and new merchandise. Speaking of which, LeConte Lodge enthusiasts can look forward to the great reveal of this year’s “I Hiked It” T-shirt design tomorrow. We think you’ll love it!
March 22, 2019
All is well on the mountain as we woke up to an inch of snow that fell late yesterday afternoon and overnight. The sun was shining for a little over an hour as we began to move around camp however, we are currently back in the clouds again. Overnight, we hit a low of 17 degrees and are currently sitting at a chilly 20. We are hoping to warm up some more throughout the day although it isn't looking hopeful until tomorrow midday. Again, if hiking up, remember to layer up and keep those traction devices at hand.
Highway 441 remains closed due to snow and icy conditions. If you would like to make a day hike to the lodge, please use Rainbow Falls or Bull Head trails. Going into the weekend, we are expecting sunny clear skies with no rain in the forecast. With melting snow, overnight temps will cause some refreezing. Watch out for ice!
Snow or no snow, when the sun comes out gotta take full advantage. 17 degrees is no match for Site Manager Jeremiah.
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