It was a splendid sunrise this morning. We were so happy to see some sky and not listen to the sound of rain drops on the roof. It is a great start to a beautiful October day on Mt. LeConte. The high yesterday was 51º with a low of 38º. Please remember to bring plenty of layers with you for when you get to the top. You will want some warm clothes to put on while you are hanging out around the heater in the office. You will also want to bring a hat and gloves if you plan on making the journey to Cliff Top for sunset. It can get a bit windy on the rocks.
We are starting to see some color in the lower elevations. If I had to guess a time for peak leaf viewing, I would guess the third week in October. I am not a professional peak leaf predictor, I am just going on my twelve years experience of watching the leaves change from the top of the mountain. Please don't hold me liable if it is earlier or later. When ever it falls, it is my favorite time in the Smokies. I love the cool, crisp, blue skies that October brings to the mountains.