The clouds rolled in yesterday afternoon and made themselves at home. We awoke to heavy cloud coverage this morning. We did see short downpours throughout the afternoon. The high yesterday was 62º with a low of 44º. I was amazed at how busy the mountain was considering the dreary weather. I would like to remind everyone, it starts getting dark around 7. Please adjust your hiking times accordingly. Make sure you have flashlights with you in case you are later coming off the mountain than you had planned. We are seeing a lot of hikers arrive at the top around 6 and they are not prepared for hiking off in the dark. Please, turn around if you are not making good time and are not an experienced hiker. I know a lot of folks out there have no problem hiking at night, and that is fine. I am sure those folks carry flashlights. Carry snacks, water, flashlight, rain gear, and layers of clothing. It is about 20º colder at the top. Get on the trail early and give yourself plenty of time to get down. Happy hiking and see you on the top.
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2017 Mt. LeConte Weather Data (Year-to-Date)