After an entire month of not accumulating any new miles in the park, the weather and my procrastination finally reached an accord enabling me to knock out the Goshen Prong Trail in a great hike from Clingmans Dome to Elkmont.
Temps at the Dome were in the 50's and the views were grand.
Despite the week's cool temps and heavy rains, even the Trout Lilies near the Dome were in fine shape.
Not long after leaving the AT, the trail conditions got a little rough and rocky.
A vast cave in which one can crawl a ways into is situated just over halfway down from the AT to the campsite.
Where I was able to cross this unmentioned and unbridged stream crossing is somewhere at the top of the picture.
Taking a look at the mighty Goshen Gate Bridge over the Little River.
The clusters of Showy Orchis along the Little River Trail were the most impressive I've ever seen in the park anywhere.