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.
Alum Cave Trail is a gem of a hike in the Smokies . . . probably even better when the rhododendrons are blooming. Would love to stay at the lodge some time!
Alum Cave Bluff trail. Great hike to do. Had no view at top, but once we got on the bluffs, I broke out my kite and it flew to new heights!
Alum Cave Bluff trail. Spent about an hour lounging on the cliff tops in the sunshine. Clear skies in all directions.
Brilliant hike with my whole family..Cant wait to go back
It's true. There is no escaping treeline back east
Beautiful hike. Can't wait to hike it again.
While the Chimney Tops may be my favorite place in the park, the Alum Cave Trail is my favorite hike in the park.The views on the way up to LeConte are just outstanding. It was a clear day with excellent views from Myrtle Point.
The last mountain on a 30 mile loop starting at the Chimney Tops trailhead. Incredible hike along the boulevard trail. This mountain is a true monarch in a land of majestic mountains.
I climbed this sometime during spring 1999 (I think). I recall doing a roughly 17-mile loop in a day and feeling tired of hiking by the end of it.
Up and down the Alum Cave trail. The Lodge is a very romantic site for couples who enjoy backpacking and camping. Sunset was good; sunrise was cloudy, I mean "Smoky."
Great hike with my later to be wife (two years later)...this was apart of showing her many of the joys of hiking. BEAUTIFUL sunset on the hike from the summit.
Arrived from Michigan at 3AM. Slept in car till 7:30AM. Left for summit right after using Rainbow Falls trail. Reached summit at 11:30. Descended at 12:30 via Bullhead Trail, reached car at 3:30PM. Arrived in Michigan 10 hours later. Great weekend. Weather was very clear, about 40'F or so at the summit. No snow, but traces of ice made the summit trails tricky.
What a beautiful day I had on my hike up LeConte with my wife on her birthday. I don't think I will ever go back to Great Smoky Mountains National Park on a fall weekend, however.
Did this with my parents when I was 16. A nice hike.
My fifth time up LeConte, but the first time up via the Rainbow Falls trail/route. Marc, Brad and I got up this one in about 2:50. Great day, a lot less humid than the previous couple of days. A perfect hike other than the run-in with the vicious deer flies above the Falls.
Great hike, Sweet Views. Great conditions for December.
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.