Winter in the mountains brings ice, cold temperatures, high winds and hazardous hiking conditions. If you go hiking, TURN AROUND before you are cold and tired. Upper elevation hiking is not recommended for inexperienced hikers.
Hiking above Profile View on the Profile Trail and Flat Rock View on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail is not recommended for inexperienced or unequipped hikers. High winds, cold temperatures and unseen ice are all trail hazards that should be taken seriously.
Don't brave ridgeline trails unless you are experienced in winter alpine conditions and fully prepared for the weather with all necessary gear.
Minimum Gear Necessary for Winter Weather Hiking:
1. Ice Traction- Microspikes
2. Extra Water
3. Extra Food
4. Extra Clothing Layers (synthetic fabrics, wool, or silk- no cotton)
KNOW YOUR LIMITS. This includes current physical ability, level of experience in winter alpine conditions, what kind of gear you have, and overall preparedness. Weather and temperatures can change dramatically and rapidly and you do not want to get caught unprepared. Do not hike beyond your capabilities.
Be mindful that it gets dark early, and temperatures drop quckly at dusk.
Check local weather before your hike. Since we don't have our own weather station, go to Ray's Weather and look at a nearby spot with comparable elevation, such as Sugar Mountain Top or Seven Devils. http://averyweather.com/Forecast/Sugar+Mountain+Top
Last updated on: Friday, January 25, 2019