What a beautiful way to start the week. It was another gorgeous day to be above 6,000’ Monday. Our high temp was 65°, and our low was a cozy 55°. We tallied just 0.16" of rainfall as some pop-up showers managed to roll through late. It’s been a cloudy start to this Tuesday, but temps up top should be consistent with the last few days.
The mountain continues to spring to life. Folks travel from all over to see the vibrant colors of the mountains this time of year. Trails like Alum Cave are popular all year long, but it has different elements that attract crowds for different reasons. Some of the best Catawba Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel displays in the entire park can be found on this mountain’s trails. The Catawbas in bloom are climbing to 5,500’, the white Rosebay Rhododendron are still budding down low, and the Mountain Laurel have just started to open around 4,000’. Surprisingly, there is still a great deal of Mountain Myrtle blooming at Myrtle Point, a display that usually peaks in mid May.
Lots to enjoy on this grand mountain, with only more to come! Have a great day.