Happy Friday and happy last weekend of June! Hard to believe it’s already here, but for an unusual year it sort of makes sense. Shaping up to be a decent day on the mountain. Only a slight chance of a late afternoon rain shower, otherwise mostly pleasant conditions from top to bottom. Same for Saturday, which should turn out to be a great day to visit the mountain if you’re a weekend warrior needing that 6,000+ elevation fix! Showers are slated to return to come Sunday and could hang around a few days. Temps up top should continue to hold in the 50s and 60s.
The mountain is bursting open with life in the form of vivid floral eye candy. The trails of Mt. LeConte rival some of the other heavy hitters in the southeast, such as Roan Mountain and Craggy Gardens, known for their grand rhododendron displays in early summer. Sounds like the flame azaleas are finally taking off elsewhere in the Smokies, a bright blooming bush you won’t find much of on our mountain except for remote places on Bull Head.