ApproachTake US 441 south out of Gatlinburg, TN to the clearly marked Alum Cave trailhead. Parking is available at the trailhead; follow the trail to Peregrine Peak and - for those who want a longer climb - on to Mt. LeConte.
Route DescriptionTrailhead elevation is 3850'. Follow the Alum Cave trail along the Alum Bluff Creek for one mile. The trail is well marked, well traveled and there are no confusing turns or splits in the path.
After crossing the stream several times on a series of log bridges, the trail will bear left and leave the creek to wind its way up Anakeesta Ridge. You'll pass through Arch Rock, a staircase leading up into a hollowed out tunnel through solid rock, then cross yet another stream (Styx Branch Crossing) before reaching Peregrine Peak after roughly 2 miles of hiking.
Continue on for great views near the peak of Mt. Le Conte.
Essential GearA daypack is all that's necessary for three season climbing. Winter climbers should check the Peak's weather forecast (see main page) as snow and ice are common on the ridge and the peak.
The exposed areas are not dangerous unless conditions are icy. All exposed sections of the trail have permanent cables anchored into the mountainside to assist climbers.