It's a beautiful, snowy day up top. The high yesterday reached 20 degrees. The overnight low was 6 degrees. It was 7 degrees and foggy at 7am observation. The mountain received 5 inches of new snow! There is 5 inches of total snow on the ground with deeper drifts in places. I would 100% recommend Microspikes, gaiters and warm waterproof footwear if you intend to hike today. There are slick sections along the trail and the snow is still very powdery. Get out and enjoy the winter wonderland!
Grace and I had a perfect hike back up to the lodge yesterday. We hit the trail around ten, knowing that snow was coming in from Nashville and we had to make our way to the trailhead before the road closed. We ran into our backcountry ranger friend Nick at the trailhead and saw him later on near the Cave Bluffs - great chatting with you pal! The hike was both exhausting and exhilarating. Any slight uphill forced me to slow down and enjoy the increasing snow. It got more intense with each section we hiked. The cloud ceiling must have been rather high because we were still getting nice views of the Chimney's and were able to see Cliff Tops from Gracie's Pulpit. We put on our Microspikes (for the first time all season!) after the Cave Bluffs and saw only 4 other folks for the remainder of our hike. It was really special to hike up in our first serious snowfall of the season and truly take our time. I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the snow while it lasts!