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Fun little day hike with nice views

One of the best one day hikes I have taken. Came out a little over ten miles on my calculation. The slope goes up but never too steep. When you get to Alum Cave, turn around, the view is from the cave not into the cave.

21 hours ago

This is a beautiful hike with awe inspiring views. We hiked it on 3/15 and encountered some icy spots along the way. Micro spikes would have been helpful at times, but with some slow and careful stepping we made it without too much difficulty.

1 day ago

Great hike with fantastic views! Be sure to start early in the morning so you are able to catch the sun rise over the mountains and avoid unwanted traffic on the trail.

We hiked to Mt. LeConte during airlift operations and once we reached the top we were able to watch a helicopter deliver personal belongings of those staying in the cabins up there. However, given that airlift operations were taking place, Mt. LeConte lodge was closed to visitors and we were unable to purchase merchandise there.

My group finished this trail in roughly 4 hours. We took it easy and enjoyed the view along the way. Absolutely my favorite in Smokies so far. First mile wasn’t that hard. Ice covered stairs in some parts and falling ice made it little bit scary. The view at the bluff is stunning. We didnt make it to the last 2 miles to mount Le Conte. I do want to go back and finish it one day. We all love this trail, hard but totally worth our effort.

Amazing hike today. Views are unbelievable. Steady incline most of the way but well work the effort.

Beautiful views and rock features with a nice stream to start. I climbed in March and made it about 0.5 mile past the bluff. I have a healthy fear of falling and one ledge was solid ice. Even with the metal rope hold it was too much for me. The path was icy after and I only had on trail runners, no spikes, so I called it quits. I saw a lot of young people hiking in regular sneakers. I’d highly advise against this and recommend spikes for cold months. Also carry lighting in case you don’t make it back before dark. If there are icicles at the bluff do NOT stop under them. They will fall and the large ones have the capability to seriously injure people. Looking up isn’t safer. Just put your head down and run under the bluff.

Need to work up to this one! Much harder than I anticipated, granted it was also day 3 of hiking around the smokey's. I only made it about .5 miles past Arch Rock. Will definitely be attempting again!

This was a pretty great trail. We just wanted to go see the waterfall. The first mile of the trail is a gravel road. At this mile, there’s an area where you can walk and go see an old farmhouse. We then continued walking on the trail for about a 1.5 miles and there was this gorgeous waterfall. We decided to turn around at that point because from my understanding, the trail went to a campsite. After the first mile the terrain of the trail got rocky and rooty. And the entire trail is uphill, but not too steep.

this is a trail i love. great views and family friendly. just watch the children at the narrow parts of the trail where the cables are. Alum Cave Bluff is a great place to eat lunch and watch the chipmunks scavenge. its not real hard. mostly a gradual ascent.

10 days ago

Feels like Max Patch, except you must earn the views. Steady climb from start. Bote Mtn is the toughest stretch because of the rockiness (huh?). The final climb from Spence Field is a little steeper than the description led us to believe. But worth every bit of labor. Bottom to top in 3:15. 90 minute snooze and snack. Top to bottom in 2:30ish.

STRAVA app tracked 11.0 miles from trail head parking lot to the lodge area and back down. We wanted to do the extra 0.3 miles to the summit but we were completely worn out (in a good way!) Being from the Midwest, I am not acclimated to the higher elevation so this trail made me out of breath toward the top, but the terrain is not very difficult. Had a great time!! Took our group of 6 people exactly 7 hours to complete - slow and steady with lots of stops for pictures.

Hiked up last May (2017) and spent two nights at the lodge. Spent the full day exploring the three peaks of LeConte. Hike up was pretty difficult, but I'm 72 and had a 40 pound pack. Hike down was easy, but I was already thinking about doing it again.

We’ve done this trail twice we love it!!!

15 days ago

Beautiful day on this trail. Flowers are beginning to show.

16 days ago

Good relatively easy trail. Uphill all the way there! The old rock fences and graveyard were neat as well. We stumbled upon it while looking for a different trail (that AllTrails sent us to the wrong place for) and once we saw the waterfall we didn’t realize it was the actual one we were seeking and we ended up hiking further to the end of the trail at campsite 31. Thankful there were people there to let us know because we hadn’t known anything of it.

16 days ago

Beautiful hike along the river

Beautiful hike. Probably my favorite in the Smokies. It is difficult but totally worth it. There are many great views all along the way.

I enjoy the history, the wildflowers, and waterfall. One of my favorite hikes to share with less experienced hikers to show some of what the area has to offer

We did this trail on the rainy afternoon of Feb 28th (up to Alum Cave Bluffs and back down). This trail deserves the “hard” rating as it is uphill and pretty steep at times. I was pretty winded at parts past Arch Rock (but it was our second hike of the day). It is well maintained with built in steps and stairs to assist you in the especially steep portions. It offers fun terrain to navigate (rock formations and flat log bridges for creek crossing) and some breath taking views! I loved the portion we completed and plan to return to camp at Mount LeConte!

20 days ago

Nicely wooded hike along Porters Creek, which is relatively scenic. Easily accessible trailhead. A slow relatively easy uphill hike. Keep in mind that it is relatively well-trafficked, especially on the weekends. If you are looking for a hike of solitude, you may want to look elsewhere or try this on a weekday. The waterfall is maybe a little underwhelming, but still beautiful!

This hike was so much fun! It was a little challenging at some points but man is that an awesome view! Don’t be intimidated by the elevation change and the 10 miles it’s not as bad as you think. If you are in the mood for a good day trip that has a bit of a challenge but a great reward this hike is for you! Bring plenty of water snacks and some durable shoes because some parts get a little rocky.

This was a nice trail but we missed the view because of the fog. I’ll have to try it again on a clear day. I suggest doing Charles Bunyan on the same day.

Wonderful views at every turn and a beautiful pine forest on the summit.

Beautiful hike. Plenty to see along the way and breath taking views at the top.

I think it’s rated difficult more for the distance. It slowly ascends for the first half up 5 miles but it’s never super steep. Steepest part is probably around 2.4 miles up these stairs to this cool overhang section. We did the 10.3 miles (my watch had more like 11.5 but totally could be off) with 2 adults and a light pack in 3:36 - stopping for lunch pee breaks and some photos :) we did jog on the way back a bit. Trail was super beautiful with stream next to It half the time and then very cool changes in scenery and terrain up to Le Conte camp. We were expecting the end to be a mountain head but It seemed to be about 5.5 miles up to Le Conte lodge and from there you could take a myriad of other trails, so we assumed that was roughly the turning point. We went when It was about 50 so super enjoyable and not slippery. I could see this being scary and dangerous when icy. Overall highly recommend !

One of my new favorite trails. Followed a stream at first. The cave and the bluffs are rest cool. Past that the trail becomes narrow and a little more difficult with great cable railings and awesome scenes throughout the entire hike. I hiked in about 6 inches of snow and a bunch of ice end it still was amazing. Slightly dicey at times. Amazing!!! Great workout too with a full pack.

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