Pnut here signing in for my first blog post. I will be taking over for Kemp. I am excited to keep you up to speed with current trail conditions, weather and life at Leconte. I have settled into my new home at 6,593'. It is a blessing to have this opportunity to live within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Yesterday's high was a warm 47 degrees. The overnight low came in at 37 degrees. It was 41 degrees and cloudy at 7am observation. We received 0.54 inches of precipitation. Rain is moving in this afternoon so pack your rain gear. Trails leading to the top are clear of ice/snow so traction devices are not needed. Highway 441 is open as well as Cherokee Orchard so all trails await you. A Flash Flood has been issued so be aware! Gusts of winds of 30-40 mph are sweeping through the cabins. Looking ahead at the forecast colder temperatures will move into the area and will feel like the typical winter at Leconte.
The morning started out calm as I made my way to Apollo overlook. Upon arrival I was greeted with grey skies and incredible views of the surrounding mountains. A neighboring Junco greeted me and we enjoyed the views together. All is well. See you at the top!
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.