LeConte Lodge via Alum Cave Trail
16 reviews Great Smoky Mountains National Park #106 hike out of 614 in
2 hrs 4 min
This is a moderate one way trail to LeConte Lodge in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Absolutely wonderful hike. Plan A was to hike to Alum Bluffs and see if we wanted to go further. Yes, these two Type A's were fine and wanted to go to the end. We headed up LeConte - all the way to the huge cairn at the actual top of LeConte at 'High Top'. What's not to like about a trail that takes you over several split log bridges, an arch with steps carved into it that curl up through it, Alum Bluffs for a nice break and view out over the mountain side, then on to narrow rock ledges with cable hand rails, a beautiful forest to hike through, lots of wooden steps and other steps chiseled into the rock? I will admit that I liked the last 1/2 mile or so that was relatively flat and then the restroom stop at LeConte Lodge. Then on to High Top and then over to Cliff Top for the view and back down. 12+ miles altogether and 2700+' in altitude gain. Start early to get a parking spot and to beat the crowds. We did it on a week day in August and started up at 8:15. We still had some crowds but not too many. If you can plan enough in advance, stay overnight at LeConte Lodge. You have to make your reservations well in advance though. But, don't miss this hike.These two 73-yr olds made it and loved it.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Alum Cave Creek to Nfg Pullout Parking At Mp 10.18
Oct 31, 2020 Leconte via Alum w/ Clay & Jesse
Mt LeConte via Alum Cave 10/14/20 1:38:43 PM
Alum Cave Bluff trail to top of Mt LeConte.
Mt Leconte via Alum Cave Trail
Includes Cliff Top and Rock Top.