June 30, 2022
Despite some patches of blue sky earlier this morning, the clouds have dropped on us and thickened up by the hour. The temps are mild and the air is calm, but one gets the sense that we are on the cusp of receiving some rainy action this afternoon and evening. Best to get one’s outdoor rambling knocked out soon before conditions potentially sour later. We’re enjoying the mid 60s currently and dipping into the 50s at night. Stormy chances return for the back half of Friday and every day of the holiday weekend. Pack those rain coats right next to the sunscreen, because odds are you’ll want both.
Every season we receive several inquiries from generous folks asking what treats they can bring to the lodge crew in an upcoming hike. It just so happens that the crew’s candy bin has gotten desperately empty recently, so they’ve requested we put out an APB for some tasty refills! They certainly appreciate everyone’s thoughtfulness as they work hard to provide each of you an enjoyable experience in the backcountry. Without further delay, here’s a rundown of items mentioned by our hungry team…
Fresh Fruits, Reese’s, Snickers, Skittles, Hershey’s, Twix, Sour Patch Kids, Gummies, Dark Chocolate (especially when covering pretzels/berries/wafers), Fresca’s, Twizzlers, Trader Joe’s snacks, Peanut M&M’s, Cheez-It (Hot & Spicy), Takis, Goldfish (flavor blasted)
Pepsi, Coke, Dr. Enuf, Kombucha, Red Bull
Many thanks by all! Have a great rest of the day.
June 28, 2022
It’s been good to get some rain on the ground in recent days. Looks like we’ll have ourselves a brief break in the action today and maybe even get to enjoy some glimpses of sunshine. Otherwise count on a clouded in mountaintop for a chunk of the day. The air is calm and the temps are mild in the lower 50s as the pancakes are getting flipped. If the sun can break through this afternoon we could tap the 60s. Late this evening there is a small chance for some showers before the percentages pickup again on Wednesday. Be sure and have those rain jackets in tow should the skies pull a fast one on us.
Have a great day.
June 27, 2022
The mountains have been enduring very active skies over the last twelves. Intermittent rain showers coupled with lightning and thunder have brought some much needed precipitation to the region. And some cooler temps to boot compared to how toasty the rest of this month has been, especially down below. Clouds should continue to dominant the skyline this Monday with more passing storms and rain showers possible throughout. Winds will be light and temps should mostly hover in the 50s. Count on trails being plenty soggy and the potential for wet unbridged creek crossings depending on your trail of choice.
We’re already 40% of the way through the 2022 season, and this year’s unique “I Hiked It” shirt is as popular as ever. We’ve recently had to restock the shelves with some new colors, so if you make it a habit of visiting the lodge multiple times a year, be sure and step inside the gift shop to see what’s new! Most lodge enthusiasts know this, but for those first timers who might not, any and all of our “I Hiked It” swag is unique to our location. As in, you can only purchase the real deal here at the lodge. Plus, every season comes with a new design that’s 100% original and exclusive to the lodge experience. This year’s artists did a superb job of referencing photos from Cliff Tops and hand tracing every single ridge line from that famous breathtaking view. And that creative and captivitating sunset depiction certainly evokes numerous memories of past stays for guests of all ages. If only we had more room to work with, we might have been able to squeeze Clingmans Dome in there! It’s always a treat to see the countless visitors sporting their “I Hiked It” apparel with pride at the lodge and on the trail.
Have a great day.
June 25, 2022
The clouds have apparently settled in across the upper elevations of the Smokies. We’ll be lucky to enjoy any sunshine today with what looks like a cloudy and wet forecast for the latter half of the day. After lunch time is when the potential for rain and isolated storms ramps up. So visitors intent on summiting the mountain today should do so on the early side, then get back down before the weather turns sour. Temps will hover between the 50s and 60s, while winds should be light. Sunday’s forecast looks to be a repeat of what’s being called for today.
Have a great weekend.
June 24, 2022
How are we already down to the last full of week of June? This month is flying by, maybe because we’re all enjoying this lengthy dose of distracting sunshine. With that said, it looks like our sunfilled streak is drawing to a close and a more typical summer forecast is in the works. Starting today, we’ll be seeing higher chances of showers and thunderstorms developing during the afternoon. Of course any rain we receive should also help keep the flaming temperatures down for our neck of the woods. Count on temps ranging between the 50s and 60s throughout the weekend. Winds should be light today but pickup a tad during the night with gusts of 25mph possible. Bring the sunscreen and the rain jackets if you’re staying with us over the coming days. Odds are you’ll be using it all!
Have a great day.
June 23, 2022
It’s a beautiful and mild morning on the mountain as we roll out this Thursday. Skies will be a pleasant mix of sun and clouds today with light winds blowing over the upper elevations. Temps are in the 50s currently and should creep up close to 70° this afternoon. A few tiny storm cells could be spotted near and far yesterday evening, some putting on riveting electrical displays toward the horizon, but our peak managed to dodge the atmospheric action. There is a chance for some afternoon storms on Friday.
As always, keep the hydration happening before, during, and after your hike. Early starts are certainly beneficial in order to beat the high heat of the afternoon hours. It’s even worth planning your routes up and down the mountain accordingly to avoid the scorching sun and roasting temps, especially down low. For example, a trail like Bull Head, where hikers are exposed to the elements with little to no cover of trees for miles, should be avoided once the sun gets high in the sky. Especially as an ascent option. Trails like Rainbow Falls and Trillium Gap scale the mountain’s more shaded north side and are mostly forested. The Boulevard traverses ridge lines entirely in the upper elevations and are more apt to catch a cool breeze. of course each of these paths are longer than the more popular Alum Cave, so account for earlier starts and extra time on trail should you go either route.
Have a great day.
June 22, 2022
If you like sunshine, then this has been your week. We have another day of bountiful blue skies and warm rays on tap for this Wednesday. It continue to get toasty out there in the midday sun, even up this high. The lodge experienced temps in the lower 70s yesterday afternoon and should easily match that mark again today. Breezes will be light, and much later this evening there is a small chance for some cloud building and a passing rain shower. Another code orange Air Quality Alert is in effect for this region, especially as the summer haze seemingly continues to thicken with each passing day. Tomorrow should be dominated by the sun once again with a slight chance of an afternoon shower. Which in these temps might feel pretty good for someone making the ascent. Frequent stops, hydration, and nourishment are key!
Have a great day.
June 21, 2022
It’s officially summer and today marks the longest stretch of daylight from sunup to sundown for the year. A tantalizing sunrise greets folks once again this morning high atop the Smokies, full of orange and lavender streaks on the horizon. Now that the much warmer temps have returned, the views aren’t as clear though with the haze settling in. The lodge nearly tapped 70° yesterday afternoon in the unabated sunshine, and will most likely surpass it today. Another code orange Air Quality Alert has been issued for the region this Tuesday. Visitors can expect mostly sunny skies today and tomorrow with only light winds. Enjoy the sunshine, stay hydrated, and soak up what should be a glorious day on the mountain.
June 20, 2022
Varying layers of oranges and yellows greet us this Monday morning just as they bid one good night yesterday. It’s going to be a beautiful sunshine-filled day on the mountain once again to welcome the new week. High temps should reach the lower 60s this afternoon and there is a possibility of breezy conditions at times, so an extra layer might be appreciated by some. A code orange Air Quality Alert has also been issued for our region regarding ground level ozone, so anyone with respiratory concerns should take heed if any outdoor activities are planned for today. The forecast for Tuesday looks fabulous as well.
The woods around camp continue to thicken with lush green vegetation and now the first bits of color are popping up. Some of the dwarf rhododendron bushes around the dining hall are beginning to bloom, and patches of tiny wood sorrel are opening up. What few Turk’s cap lilies haven’t been munched on by the local deer are in bud form, although those critters did put a number on the purple monskhood again this spring. We’ll see what we see and enjoy what we can!
Have a great day.
June 19, 2022
Helloooo sunshine! It’s a nearly cloudless sky over the mountains today, teeing up what should be a superb day for playing in the woods. The lodge hosted a vast number of folks yesterday, and with such a nice break in the steamy temps from the week prior, visiting the upper elevations made sense for a lot of folks. The same will likely be the case again today, so count on a great many like-minded travelers on the trails and roadways. Temps should scrape the lower 60s this afternoon and winds will be much lighter, so conditions will feel pretty good in both sun and shade. Monday’s forecast looks delightful for up top as well, albeit a little warmer.
Have a great day.
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