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When Noah and I visited Cole (Cold) Mountain, we stumbled (physically) upon this phenomenon all along our walk home. Since discovering it, we’ve since noticed it along many paths across our Virginia winter trips (McAfee’s Knob, Sharp Top, and Sulpher Spring Trail). Upon further research, I now understand it. It’s Needle Ice. This interesting occurrence forms when the temperature of the soil is above zero degrees Celsius (0 °C, 32 °F) and the temperature… Read More

Cold Mountain, Appalachian Trail, Vesuvius, VA 24483 Distance:                                                              6-mile loop (approximately 2 miles to summit) Elevation:                                               4020 feet (approximately 1500… Read More