It’s an oddly looking sky from our vantage point today. Clouds have been holding firm as long as they can to the peaks, but anywhere the sun has tried to break through exposes a soupy haze. It seems that our typically reduced visibility as we get closer to summer is being aided along by smoke from wildfires blowing this far down from Canada. And although the air gives off a dry heat vibe, there is plenty of moisture to soak one thoroughly while ascending the mountain. Take heed though, temps are going to be a bit chillier today and tomorrow, with highs only scraping the mid 50s. Combined with breezy conditions, it won’t take long for one to feel the chill after reaching the top and taking a break. It will get a little warmer heading into the weekend which is calling for sunny skies to start.
Some recent trail news from the mountain. NPS crews recently reopened the road to Porters Creek a couple weeks ago, and have now just cleared the often forgotten Brushy Mountain Trail. It is the longest pathway to the lodge, connecting the Greenbrier sector of Mt. LeConte’s base to Trillium Gap. And we just received word that a freshly fallen tree has come down on Bull Head Trail, somewhere above “The Pulpit” stone table near the path’s halfway point. It sounds to be quite hazardous for passage, so visitors are advised to take any of the mountain’s other trails at this time.
Have a great rest of the day.