The clouds lifted yesterday around noon. You could hear the crew and guests start hooping and hollering with delight. The sun was a welcomed sight. As soon as the sun came out, the day hikers followed. We had a dozen or so day hikers make it to the top. They all came up Rainbow. The news on the trail was there was a good path that had been stomped out. There were still trees down, but nothing that wasn't passable. The rhodo thickets were the biggest problem and it sounds as though there was a day hiker who took care of those. Their are guests who will be hiking down Trillium this morning. That should help make that trail passable. I have heard that Alum has been broken as well. I am suspecting an onslaught of day hikers today.
There are some things you need to consider before you make the hike. I am begging you all to make sure you have a good pair of ice cleats. It will make your travels much safer. You may want a pair of gaitors to help keep the snow out of your shoes. Wet socks are extremely. dangerous. I highly recommend staying away from wearing any cotton. You want some sort of pant that is quick drying or water proof. A water proof or water resistant jacket is going to be nice as well. You will be passing under a lot of low hanging branches filled with snow. The jacket will help to keep you dry, which in return will keep you warm.
Last, but not least, all roads leading into the park are open. All trails leading to the lodge are open. I highly recommend hiking up Rainbow if you are hiking up today. That is the trail that is going to be the most used. Dress warmly. The high yesterday was 25 with a low of 15. We are expecting warmer weather today. It should be clear and sunny for the next few days.
The crew had their annual pumpkin carving contest last night. The winner or winners got to sleep through breakfast service. The witch was the winner for the evening. Lindi and Bonnie did a great job on their pumpkin. Instead of sleeping in, they chose to brave the cold so they could witness the spectacular sunrise that I am sure is coming our way.
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2017 Mt. LeConte Weather Data (Year-to-Date)