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March 2010

Ron P. Metcalfe hiked to LeConte Lodge via the Alum Cave Bluff Trail. Above the halfway point, probably 85% of the trail was snow covered, but passable. Below the Upper Steps, the snow was slusy, but above it was cruncy in the morning, and a bit slushy in the afternoon. I used a pair of YakTrax for most of the upper 1/4 of the trail. Extremely varying weather conditions over the next five days, so it may get better or it might get worse.
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The trail was still mostly slushy, and you could hike it here without shoe attachments, but your feet would slide a few inches
The trail was still mostly slushy, and you could hike it here without shoe attachments, but your feet would slide a few inches
Trail crews had cleared all the blowdowns, and in some places they had to dig out the logs to cut them.
Trail crews had cleared all the blowdowns, and in some places they had to dig out the logs to cut them.
The Knot-A-Bear tree
The Knot-A-Bear tree
From the Log Steps to the Upper Steps was the clearest part of the trail at higher elevations
From the Log Steps to the Upper Steps was the clearest part of the trail at higher elevations
Took off the YakTrax to walk across the rocks.
Took off the YakTrax to walk across the rocks.
But would still encounter some slushy areas.
But would still encounter some slushy areas.
Looking forward to Myrtle Point
Looking forward to Myrtle Point
Nearing the Upper Steps
Nearing the Upper Steps
The Upper Steps were about half clear of snow or ice, but still a bit tricky.  Just hold on tight.
The Upper Steps were about half clear of snow or ice, but still a bit tricky. Just hold on tight.
Most places that didn't have snow on the trail had water running down from melting snow
Most places that didn't have snow on the trail had water running down from melting snow
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