Aug. 21, 2013
Hello to all of you. We've been hemmed in some thick clouds thus far today, but haven't seen any rain as of 2:30 p.m. It's been a quiet couple of days on the mountain, seasoned with some friendly guests. It's a little bit of a slow news day on LeConte. You'll be glad to know that all the trails are still passable without using ice or snow traction devices (though you may occasionally need a kayak).
All jokes aside, this season we have had a few tough situations for hikers on the Rainbow Falls Trail after a heavy rain on top of the mountain. While the ground remains saturated, I'd probably reroute using a different trail if there's a good chance of rain and leave Rainbow Falls Trail until a sunny forecast favors you.
In other trail news, I know Allyson mentioned this a few days ago but it will affect a great many of our hikers. The Park Service has advised us that the upper parking lot of the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead will be closed from Aug. 26-Sept. 13 for improvements. The lower parking lot (where the restrooms are located) should still be open, but expect spots to be at a premium during peak times, especially during the busy Labor Day weekend.
We got a few glimpses of the sun yesterday, though most of the day stayed cloudy with bouts of showers. We ended up with 0.18 inches of rain, though some people hiking up in it scoffed at that measurement. I was glad the weather broke for a while after supper, allowing our guests some sunset color and a chance to peer down into the valley. We topped out at 63 degrees with a low of 51 Tuesday.
I noticed a question about the flowers around the lodge in the comments following yesterday's post. The rain has made for an outstanding season for our flowers up top. I'd say we're moving just past peak for flower viewing. There's still plenty of color to see and should be for at least the next week.
Have a fine day. Happy trails.
8/21/2013 07:39:19 am
Wow, awesome photo, thanks Nathan!
8/21/2013 08:00:14 am
News flash to winter posters.
8/21/2013 11:14:50 am
Regarding your two-slot cancellation, I would love to join you if I could. I think it's about time I met some of the people from this site. But some plans for this weekend just cannot be altered, as much as I want to. Thanks, though. I didn't know your email address, but I don't mind listing mine: email@example.com I hope you have a great hike, too. G'evening.
8/21/2013 09:10:10 am
Thanks for flower info Nathan
Brian N bama
8/21/2013 10:12:51 am
OK, so with all the precip we have had on the mountain this year, do you foresee heavier than normal snow falls? Just curious as to the weather pattern. Planning a 3 day hike from davenport gap to newfound gap in October and an overnight at the lodge November 21st.
8/21/2013 12:45:58 pm
Did you say Kayak? What a ride that would be. The way I have sloshed through that trail with it looking more like a stream than a trail at times. I think you might even be able to get that kayak moving. Yeahhhaaaa!!
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