LeConte is an awesome mountain for training for other climbs. I used it to training for Kilimanjaro and for the rockies. I climbed the Rainbow Falls trail on LeConte 5 straight days on the second week of July as my final test for Kilimanjaro.
The rhododendrons along the way were incredible. It was like hiking in an aerial garden.
Great hike via Alum Cave Trail, and one of the best mountains I've climbed in the southeast. Loved it!
Up the Boulevard Trail, down the Alum Cave Trail. The hike affords spectacular views of the Great Smokies.
Wonderful day hike in the Smoky Mountains!
A great hike/climb. See my trip report.
Bushwhacked up to Myrtle Point via Styx Branch. Some lovely cascades and a fight through thick rhododendrons.
Interesting trail tho.
Nice training hike from Rainbow Fall's trailhead. Beautiful Sunny day until we arrived at the top, and then again shortly after we left the top!
Didn't see a soul once we left the AT
Hiked up from Alum Cave Bluff with snow still falling, the top had 3+ feet, hiking = post-holing, great and majestic view though
My first try was on the Trillium Gap Trail in May 2006, when I was forced back by thunderstorms. The rangers told me that current road closures would add about 5 miles to the Trillium Gap hike. So I decided on the Alum Cave Trail.
Yesterday was a gorgeous day in the Smokies. It was a great hike to LeConte Lodge and then on to the true summit and Cliff Tops. I hope to stay at the Lodge sometime in the future.
Took my two kids, 8 and 11, up the Alum Cave Trail and spent the night at the shelter. Had the whole place to ourselves except for the deer that kept coming by and ripping up the grass around the shelter all night. My son has done overnights before, but this was my daughter's first and she really loved it. Enjoyed sunset from Cliff Top and sunrise (or lack thereof due to a cloud that settled in overnight) from the overlook on High Top.
Hiked the Alum Cave route. The snow made for a beautiful day even though there weren't a lot of views.
I have to date (4/18/14) been to the top of Mt LeConte 97 times. This involved over 1,340 miles and 350,400 feet vertical gain and descent. I have done most possible trail combinations, in all seasons and weather conditions, including 3 different kinds of 5,000+ ft vertical / 20 mile day hikes, and some bushwhack routes. This is one of my favorite southern mountains. I also use it for training before going out west to do mountaineering.
Sunny and breathtaking summit. Climbed with Eleutheros up the Alum Cave Trail.
I wasn't aware that you need to hike in the afternoon to wait for the smoke in the Smokies to burn off, so now I'll have to try this one again. Nice hike, though, and the lodges near the top are pretty nice.
Did most of the trails on this one in the 70s. Hope to go back.