It’s another splendid day high above East Tennessee! Spotty clouds, splashes of sunshine, and sweet temps in the lower 60s have this place feeling superb! There’s a beehive of activity around the lodge yet again thanks to this great weather. People, birds, deer, and of course..bees! Great conditions for our pack llamas as well who made another routine trip to the lodge today.
Percentages continue to fluctuate, but these next few days are seeing an increase in the possibility of rain and thunderstorms. Don’t let it put a damper on your prospects of visiting the mountain, but please come prepared for wet and rapid changes in the weather.
Another gorgeous day to be up top. We’re in and out of the clouds and temps feel great in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Continuing to see a great deal of day hikers out and about enjoying this great weather. The weather looks decent again tomorrow, but the chances for storms and rain showers return come Thursday. Expected to last through Saturday before letting up on the backside of the weekend. If you’re hoping to make the climb during those potentially wet days, come prepared with those waterproof layers!
The mountain continues to show signs of new life, as the wave of wildflower blooms and fresh vegetation growth ascend the slopes. The Catawba Rhododendron at places like Inspiration Point have been going strong, one of the better peak blooms in years at that spot. Plants are beginning to grow tall here in camp, although they are several weeks out from putting on their grand annual display.
NPS trail crews have a lot on their plate, but they continue to chip away at trails in need of attention. All trails to the mountain summit are open (except Trillium on weekdays), but a couple still have some obstacles to contend with, none more so than Bull Head. Use caution, especially if you happen to be on trail when one of these pop-up thunderstorms fire up.
Seems like everyone was waiting on the sunshine to hike. We’ve finally strung together some beautiful sunny days on the mountain, and seen an uptick in visitor traffic along with it. Temps up here have been 20-30° cooler than what is being felt down below, just another reason to hit the upper elevations. The decent weather looks to be hanging around through mid week before the chances for precip return. We’ll enjoy it while we’ve got it.
The Crew has been working hard to keep this place running strong, and any chance they get to play outside they quickly take. Also been great to tackle some outdoor projects for the first time in weeks. The Trails Forever folks are getting deeper into their second phase of the Trillium Gap rehabilitation project. In the coming weeks their work could alter our llama packing routine, and we may not decide which days to pack until the day of. We’re excited to see what improvements they will make these next several months.
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