Snow, wind, ice, 14 inches of snow and a temperature of 35 degrees at 11am. That's Clingman's dome in April. It could be 70 degrees and sunny or it could be a bit rough. After driving to the summit today I gained a new respect for anyone who attempts the Appalachian Trail. AT hikers must brave about 180 or so mile to get to this point and anyone who can make it this far is one tough person. The entire trail is a whopping 2100+ miles - only a few hundred make that every year and that has to be one amazingly difficult trip. Today there would be a handful of 15 or so hikers who would come out onto this area, hitch-hike down to Gatlinburg for a much needed rest and refuel, then back at it. Ur amazing you AT'ers, my hats off to you.