There was a dramatic return to winter conditions yesterday. I started my hike down Alum with my two pals in 41 degree rain and ended up getting pelted with freezing rain and 17 degree snow up top! The low last night was 7. I awoke to 6 inch snow drifts up top.
I had a productive trip into Gatlinburg. The folks at the NOC were very helpful. They have a great selection of winter hiking gear. I couldn't recommend them highly enough. Also, thanks to Alicea and everyone at the Smoky Mountain Brewery. I had a great salad and tried their Appalachian Pale Ale and Tuckaleechee Porter. It's a great atmosphere for my weekly dose of civilization! A special thanks to Artie, who noticed me at the bar and gave me a ride back to the trailhead. I love the people here.
My hike back up was eventful! It started with heavy flakes at about 36 degrees and turned into heavy snow as I gained elevation. These 3 photos will illustrate how the scenery changed as I climbed. It was a great day to be out.