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    1 year ago
    The upper part along Loop Trail is difficult -- half a mile up, half a mile down, with about 500 ft elevation gain and loss -- but the rest of the trail is easy. The waterfalls are each different but all beautiful, and this is a very rewarding hike.
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    A great loop from Cades Cove up Rich Mountain. The first mile or so is pretty level, then it gets STEEP for a few miles, then there's a nice ridge line with views (through the trees) both north and south, then a pretty steep descent on a rutted trail full of sharp switchbacks. Crooked Arm Cascades at the end is beautiful, a little bonus after all that hard work. There were lots of trees down across the trail when I went (4/2019) -- most could be scrambled over pretty easily. And lots of small stream crossings, all with easy rock hops.
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    This is a good loop -- some trails are wide and well-graded roadbeds, others are narrow single tracks on the edge of a hillside. There's not a lot of steep elevation, but rather a series of up-and-down grades. The weather was rainy but cleared up; Abrams Creek was pretty high so I didn't try to cross at Hannah Mountain, but went on down Tiny Bottoms Trail back to Abrams Creek campsite.
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    1 year, 3 months ago
    Best hike ever! A little ice on the trail in spots. Glad we had micro spikes. Lots of friendly hikers on the trail. The views are well worth the climb!
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    1 year, 3 months ago
    The trail was damp and muddy. We only met two other people. It was very still and peaceful at the bottom along the creek. Got caught in some rain walking back out.
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    1 year, 4 months ago
    We took the family Kids included and this was a very nice hike. Does get a little steep on the climb for little ones as they may require some help. It was a 2 km hike which took about 55 minutes up to the main falls.
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    1 year, 4 months ago
    I'm starting Physical Therapy for my knee so this is a great hike which doesn't stress the knee. Walking along an old logging rail track the gentle uphill from the trailhead to Walnut Bottoms provide great views of the creek. The Midnight Hole is 1.5 miles from the trailhead and, in warm weather, is a great (very cold) refresher. I rated the walk, 11 miles round trip, as a four. And that's only because I prefer being higher up and getting the great views.
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    1 year, 5 months ago
    I wouldn't necessarily call this easy. It does have some moderate ups and downs, not horrible, but not entirely easy, either. You will not be alone on this trail. My wife and I hiked this trail on a 50-something degree Saturday between Christmas and New Year's and there were a lot of other people on the trail. It is a well-kept trail though and the payoff at the falls is worth the hike. When we went, the pool at the base of the falls was swollen from a rainy winter, so it was difficult to get very close to the falls, but the view was still good. Be warned, the only way to get to this trail is by way of Cade's Cove Loop Road. This is a 9 mile road that took us a total of a little over two hours to drive do to the stop and go traffic.
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    1 year, 5 months ago
    Very good walk. A little difficult at times but well worth it.
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    1 year, 6 months ago
    This trail has recently been redone, and the description is accurate. Be aware the very top section, the one described as" the scramble" is currently closed off due to unstable soil as a result of the fire. It is unlikely to be reopened anytime soon. However the trail ends at a beautiful overlook where you can see the chimney, and this makes for a nice hike. This is not a hike for out of shape beginners; it is quite literally a 2 hour walk straight up. When we started, the whole valley was in pea soup fog and it was drizzling. However the trail was above the fog and it was very clear. Typical of the Smokies, the trail is rocky, goes up a lot, and weather is unpredictable, but well worth the effort.
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    1 year, 6 months ago
    This is a beautiful easy hike with various waterfalls! I would suggest you rent a tube afterwards and float down deep creek!
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    1 year, 6 months ago
    Always a great hike. LeConte lodge is one of my favorite places. Trail recently renovated so in great shape.
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