Mt. LeConte is the happening place today! Snow, fall colors, clear skies, and who knows what else have the masses flocking to the mountain. We got down to 20 degrees this morning, with 0.2” of snow coating things overnight. We’ve been hanging out in the lower 30’s this afternoon.
It didn’t take long for the sunshine to work its will in melting the snow. Parts of Alum Cave Trail with sketchy ice patches to navigate are relegated to the upper half mile for the time being. We’re still gathering information regarding the other trails. Roaring Fork is still closed as NPS crews work to clear debris from the recent storms.
Reminder that the time change goes into effect early tomorrow morning. We will resume normal meal time hours for overnight guests, with supper being served AFTER sunset at 6:00 PM, and breakfast served hot at 8:00 AM. Day hikers please note that this means you’ll have to turn around much earlier in the afternoon to descend the mountain comfortably with adequate natural light. Starting tomorrow sunset will start happening around 5:30. Conditions below Arch Rock get darker before the bright orb reaches the horizon anyways, even on clear nights.
Have a great weekend, and be safe out there enjoying nature’s beauty!