We’re waking up to a rainy Wednesday in the mountains. Conditions at the lodge are cool in the mid 30s and the peak is blanketed in cloud cover. This system of rain should linger well into the afternoon, with some partial clearing possible by this evening. Winds will be breezy gusting as high as 35mph at times this morning before calming later on. Expect wet and sloppy trail conditions today and pay close attention to slick surfaces. Temps shouldn’t get much higher than the mid 40s today.
Take your time in these sour conditions today because there is still a great deal to admire and enjoy on the hike up. Nature is putting on a vivid show as spring continues to make its climb up the slopes of the mountain. The Myrtle are in full bloom at places like Inspiration Point, which means the grand display at Myrtle Point should be in the next week or two. The dense pink and white clusters sure make for a stunning backdrop when admiring a famous Mt. LeConte sunrise.