I went up the Rainbow Falls trail which is a very nice hike up but highly recommend going down the Bull Run trail because it is much easier on the knees. It is a good training hike though it is long and the down hike feels like it takes forever. I will do it again sometime but only because it is a hell of a work out.
Great hike. Nice weather. Myrtle point is my favorite eastern lookout to date.
Plenty of snow above 5500 ft!
Hiked Alum Bluff to Arch rock to summit. Nice vistas from Myrtle point - good place to stop and enjoy endless succession of mountain ridges. Snow on top. Came down via Boulevard, Jumpoff and AT to Newfound Gap for a taxing but killer day hike.
Hiked up Rainbow Falls trail.
I loved this hike (alum cave). Though the summit was not truly picture of the week worthy, the views were outstanding, and wandering around the lodge was pretty cool.
Fantastic up here. Krumholtz trees, the works. Climbed via Alum Caves Bluffs. Icy, though - a little freaky.
Well, hiked in a snow cloud, but it was still nice.
Solo trip, up Rainbow Falls trail in 2:30, down Alum Cave trail, back up Alum Cave Trail (1:30). Lunch at Cliff Tops, then a very slow descent down the Rainbow Falls trail. Great day! The Alum Cave trail was very busy, but I didn't see a soul until my first walk by the Lodge. Tagged the true summit on the second ascent of the day, just to make it official.
From the Alum Cave Route
Via the Alum Cave Trail... The trail was very icy in the dicey areas. Had to hold onto the cable tightly on the way up around 9 am... by the time we came down that afternoon luckily a good bit had melted... but not enough to keep my wife, myself, and just about everyone else we passed from taking a spill
with my husband and brother-in-law.
A nice easy hike with my wife and brother.
Arrived at Mount Leconte at 2pm after driving from Asheville. Reached the summit at 4pm by way of the Alum Caves trail. Got some candy from a very nice lady hiking down the trail. Ran over and checked out the other peaks; Cliff Top etc. Returned to the car by 5:30pm. A very enjoyable hike to finish out my extended weekend.
First summit of 2005. Had great conditions and sweet views from the top. Couldn't ask for anything else.
Brings back fond memories
In the winter, the shelter is one cold and windy place. Met some backpackers from Atlanta in shelter, freezing their butts off.
Well..this was a sort of a culmination of a long week in the Smokies....we had fun and met some wild and crazy people doing the AT...
GReat Day Hike. Ran into a Bear on the way down!
Climbed solo on my birthday in conjunction with Kephart and Charlies Bunion. Started at Newfound Gap and used Boulevard and AT. Quite a bit of snow on the trail and did not see a soul the entire day, extremely rare for the Smokies. As a bonus, saw 3 elk while driving out of the park towards Cherokee. A most excellent birthday.