It’s been a dark and dreary mountain from top to bottom this first day of June. At times there has been the pitter-patter of light rain or mists, otherwise it’s soupy and socked in conditions all around. Perhaps this is a taste of what this year’s edition of June will bring, after 2022 saw it become the driest month on record. Temps are in the low 50s today and might not budge from there unless the sun comes out this afternoon. The forecast is calling for similar conditions tomorrow, but Saturday is looking like it could be stellar. Sunshine over the Smokies and high temps creeping close to 70° at our elevation.
With families kickstarting those summer vacations as schools let out, and weekend warriors thirsty for a picturesque day to explore the woods, we could have a real busy weekend on our hands. So far trailheads like Alum Cave are getting filled shortly after 8:00 AM. It would be a wise bet to figure trailheads will be maxed out of permissible parking spaces well before that this weekend and as we cross into the summer season. So overnight guests and day hikers should plan accordingly.