I'm planning a Spring trip to GSMNP to hike LeConte. I had a question about bugs and weather. What is the earliest I could do the hike without having to worry about ice/snow and bugs. I have read some info about chiggers/ticks and I would like to avoid any of these pests before Spring officially starts. Anyone with experience in hiking there could give me some good start times, I would appreciate it.
I did some research on historical weather and it would seem that in April the high is 65 and low is 33 which I would assume would mean it's bug free?