Monday, March 22, 2010

Hikers should still expect snow/downed trees on Smoky Mountain trails

Despite warmer weather over the last couple of weeks, snow still remains in the higher elevations of the Great Smokies. As of today, the Park posted this updated warning on their website:

A foot or more of snow still covers many high elevation trails in the park and will likely take several weeks to melt. We have also received reports of numerous downed trees on high elevation trails. Travel on these trails is difficult at this time.

The National Weather Service is reporting that there are still 14 inches of snow on the ground atop Mt. LeConte, but only 2 inches at Newfound Gap.

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