Some turkeys wandered into the camp ground as we were getting ready to go hiking.
Our goal for the day was Mt. Leconte
We did a point to point hike with a car shuttle set up.
Four of us went, my father, Paul, Jo, and myself.
The day started off cold, with temps in the upper teens.
Paul was excited to get on top of Mt. LeConte on a day without clouds.
There were lots of these ice crystals that grew out the ground.
This icicle formed out of this downed tree.
We would see a lot of ice on this hike.
The trail goes up through this tunnel.
Dad at the top.
Rain the day before had left the gound very wet. With the cold temps and water seeping out of the ground froze.
Paul and Jo
We are now getting up high enough for some good views.
There were lots of icicles at the Alum cave
View from inside the cave
Some sections of trail were frozen over making for slick hiking conditions
In cold temperatures the leaves of the Rhododendron Plants curl up.
Yet more ice
Clingmans Dome, the high point of Tennessee.
Tretchrous part of the trail
Paul point out something to Jo
Watch you step here.
Just below the summit is the Mt. LeConte Lodge.
You can stay the night up here and Jo says that the price includes all the wine you can drink!
The summit of Mt. LeConte, 6,593 feet
Paul and Dad
Random pile of rocks
It never did get too warm on this day
After Mt. LeConte we got on the Boulevard Trail.
This trail followed the top of a ridge and in some places had nice drop offs to both sides.
More ice crystals growing out of the ground.
Paul and myself took a little detour to check out the "Jump Off"
This photo does not do it justice, but the ground just drops here. The only thing holding the ground is the plant roots.
From here, it was 2.7 miles on the AT to Newfound Gap where out car was waiting.
We got back just as the sun was setting.