This photograph was taken yesterday morning. Today is quite different. It is currently 38 degrees. The ice has melted from the trees and the ground. The wind is whipping over the mountain and it is threatening more rain. We received a about a quarter inch last night. If I had to guess, I would say most of the ice on the trails has melted. There may be some patches. I would bet the trails are fine with out any type of ice cleat. I do not know this as fact because I have not heard a report from anyone as of yet. I am going on experience alone. If you are hiking up today, take your time and stay safe. See you at the top with a hot cup of good ole' Mt. LeConte hot chocolate.
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