Jack Frost has definitely been nipping at my nose. Temperatures on the mountain remained in the teens all day yesterday. The high was 15º. The weather forecast is calling for more precipitation this weekend with freezing temperatures. If you decide to go for a hike this weekend, please make sure you have plenty of warm clothing and I would recommend some sort of ice crampon for your boots.
Now, as for trails leading to the lodge. As we all know, the park has been hit with budget restraints. That means the trail crew consists of three amazing men who are doing their best to maintain the trails on the TN side of the park. They have not been able to get up the mountain. As of now, Trillium has not been cleared. I am not sure it will be by the time we open. If any of you have been up Trillium in the past day or so, maybe you can help us out and let us know what the trail is like. Now remember, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is closed until April 12th. This means, if you wish to hike Trillium Gap trail, you will have to park at the Rainbow Falls trail head parking lot and hike the extra 2 miles on the connector trail. That will make for a long day.
Alum Cave trail is going to be extremely icy. You will be fine as long as you have some kind of ice crampon for your boots.
Rainbow Falls trail is going to be icy as well. If you do not like heights, it may be your best bet, as of now, to reach the lodge.
Bullhead trail has not been cleared since the big snow in October. If you are an experienced hiker, you may still enjoy this trail, just be ready for a long, long day.
I would not even attempt the Boulevard trail at this time. It is going to have deeper snow drifts and the ice tends to stick around a lot longer. I am not sure on the condition of the trail in regards to blow downs. I will keep you posted if I hear.
I hope this information helps you make some informed decisions. I will keep you up to date on the conditions over the weekend.
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