February 11th, 2016
It's another beautiful, snowy morning up top. The high yesterday reached 8 degrees. The overnight low was negative 7 degrees. It was 8 degrees and cloudy at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation yesterday and the snowfall is 13 inches deep. The trails have yet to be packed down, so I'd definitely recommend heavy winter gear and Microspikes if you intend to reach the summit. As of this posting, US 441 is closed. The Park Service is working hard to get all the icy area roads open! Get out and enjoy the park in all it's wintry glory!
I spent the majority of the day yesterday relaxing in my cabin, reading, writing and just lazing the day away. The only thing that could have made the afternoon better would have been Bearcat purring on my chest! I will be hiking down today, doing some laundry in town then coming back up tomorrow afternoon. The blog will return on Saturday. Enjoy the wintry weather!
Norman in Ga.
2/11/2016 09:54:52 am
Love the picture!!
2/11/2016 01:43:40 pm
JP, I'm curious how you can get down, if 441 is closed? Is another trailhead road open?
2/12/2016 07:18:15 pm
Bullhead to Old Sugarlands trail to Gatlinburg trail puts you in town
2/11/2016 04:33:30 pm
Just curious, JP. When you hike down for a day and a night, does someone else hike up to take your place for that day? I wouldn't think it wise to announce to all of us that you are off the mountain overnight, without a replacement. Thanks.
tomk in SC
2/12/2016 09:46:14 am
I'm pretty certain that JP is replaced with someone that does not comment but does stay and do what needs to be done. As to 441 being closed if you take Rainbow/Bullhead down, even if the roads are closed to traffic, it is only a couple of miles to town! I'm guessing that's what is done when 441 is closed. We'll see what JP says when he gets back.
2/12/2016 03:50:09 pm
jp always has a replacement on days off
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