chugach mtn boy wrote:I'll be down there (Craggies/Mt Mitchell area) at exactly the same time. I'd love to hear an update on snow levels from a local. But after seeing that it looked like this image:
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in the Craggies two and a half weeks ago, I've been assuming that driving that section will not be posssible--all activities will be on foot.
chugach mtn boy wrote:Thanks, helpful update. I did see there had been some cold weather and precip in recent days, but it sounds like that didn't provide much reinforcement to the snow cover. Still, for the parkway, don't they keep it gated off unless every last speck of snow and ice in that section is gone? So that one remnant in a shady corner at 5500' means no cars from Buck Creek Gap clear over to Bull Gap, for example? Or am I mistaken?
Randor wrote:A few years ago, I took this idea to the extreme with a combo bike, hike and ski trip in the Smokies. I had a serious craving for some cross-country skiing, and I figured that the only skiiable snow was up high, around Clingmans Dome in the Smokies.
I rode my bike up Clingmans Dome Road with my packfull of boots on my back, and with skis attached to my ski-compatible pack. When the snow started to appear and the riding got too hard and slippery, I ditched the bike and hiked with pack/skis for a few miles until the snow got too deep for easy hiking, then I stashed the hiking boots and skied the rest of the way. Reverse coming back down.
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