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14 hours ago

Not technically difficult, but definitely a work out! You are ascending almost the entire way up. The trail itself is not too scenic, but the views at the top are beautiful. The last portion is still closed, but many of the trees have recovered from the fire. We went in early July and the trail was very cool and shady.

In the very beginning there are a few spots you can go swimming so make sure you bring a swimsuit/towel. 99% of the trail you’re going uphill so it’s a definite leg workout. In addition to going uphill you’ll also be climbing hundreds of steps. But the view at the top is beautiful & definitely worth the hike if you’re up for it!

I did this one a few years before the wildfire, so I don’t know how it looks now. I’m sad to hear the top is closed.

It’s beautiful. The last part is hand-over-foot, but the rock gets super hot.

It’s very steep. Get an early start and bring water.

Amazing!!! Love it every time.

Great hike with the family. Started at 8:00am and arrived at the lodge at 11:10am. Great views and photo moments on the descent. Hope to do it again and stay the night at the lodge.

Great trail. The section from the cave to the peak is tough but rewarding with amazing views. I recommend trekking poles to help with the steep descent.

Love this hike! Hiked it with my husband and three girls ages 7 to 13. It’s tough towards the end but worth it. We stopped at alum cave for lunch and then went on with a couple more short breaks. It took us about three hours to get up and two to get down. Drank our weight in hot chocolate and coffee at the lodge.

awesome short trek.....a leg workout 4 sure.....bummer the cliff top portion was closed....

Great trail. Beautiful views at every turn. Hiked to lodge and then went to Cliff Tops to see the view as the view from lodge was beautifully foggy. Will come and do it again. Took me about 6 hours with some stops for snacks and views with an hour at the top.

Very nice hike. I took my wife and daughters age 7 and 10. It's a tough go, but a nice view at the end. In the summer, bring a swimsuit because there are some falls to swim in.

It’s a really beautiful trail! It’s mostly wooded, flows a creek for the first half, and a ridge for the second. We took it slow with our packs full of gear for an overnight in the backcountry. I took us about 5 hours to get up with plenty of breaks, and 3 hours to get down. Without a pack, it would be doable for most people.

My stepdaughter and I hiked this trail on April 5 and we had a great time. We spent 4.5 hours in hiking time only, and had a nice rest while enjoying the view and the hot chocolate at the top. (Bring some cash). There were still some icy patches on the way up, but they were melted by the time we went down. It's worth watching your step in the icy spots! Overall, the hike was not as hard as I expected. it is popular and busy, but we enjoyed visiting with the various hikers we met. Highly recommended. The views are stunning.

Date: 7.8.18
In: 8:18 AM
Out: 4:01 PM

We started the trail as soon as we arrived at the park and there were already a lot of cars at the lot from overnighters and early birds. The hike was scenic, picturesque, and has all the payoffs you would want in a trail. Even though we made it up there in 3 hours and would have made it back down in another 2 hours but we decided to wait the clouds to clear for some pictures so it ended up being a much longer hike than anticipated. Thank goodness for our wait because just as soon as we were about to pack up and leave, we got some nice break in the clouds and were able to take quite a few photos!

The only thing I could say that was a disappointment was the atmosphere at Le Conte Lodge. Prior to coming, I had looked them up and was excited to experience the hospitality that people raved about on almost all review sites. Alas, we did not get to experience the same courtesy afforded to other guests. While they were not rude, it was definitely standoffish. It was a sharp contrast to the friendly, kind, and courteous hikers that we encountered on the trail.

No matter though because we had so much fun and will definitely make this trail on our must do list whenever we visit the Smokies!

If you want a challenge, this is your trail! I hiked it for the first time and I am definitely coming back!

easy trail but disappointing waterfall.

We made this hike to the cave this past weekend. It was a great hike for the whole family.

There are lodges and food 5 miles up, the actually peak extends further so the round trip will be closer to 11-12 miles or even more depending on how many of the side trails you explore.

This trail can be done from either direction - starting at Cataloochee Road or Balsam Mountain Road. I started at Cataloochee. Going this way, the first part takes you 1.6 miles on I believe Pretty Hollow Gap trail before it connects to Palmer Creek Trail. This first part is quite a nice walk in the woods next to the creek. From there you head up the ridge - an unspectacular climb up out of the valley. There's a nice walk along the ridge top in a nice rhododendron tunnel the last half mile to mile before reaching Balsam mountain road. The allure of this trail and why I'd call 3 stars versus 2 would be having it nearly entirely to yourself.

my favorite trail in the Smoky mountains.

Absolutely beautiful! Well worth the trip!

This was a great hike! The weather was not exactly ideal.
Encountered fog, freezing rain, high winds.
No view from the top though but would definitely do this hike again.

Nice hike. Great views enjoyed the sound of the stream during the hike. The new summit location was nice.

Fairly decent hike. Only went to the cave and back, but worth every step. Elevation change wasnt bad

Hiked on July 5, 2018. I would definitely rate this trail as mod-difficult due to the incline. We are somewhat inexperienced hikers. Took us approx 4hrs 30min up to the cliff tops and back, with short stops. Did not get to enjoy the view for as long as we would have liked due to a thunderstorm. Trail is mostly shaded. Beautiful views along the way!

Great views. Nice hikes.

Great hike with nice waypoints. Top is beautiful.

First time up Mt. LeConte and it was wonderful. It was July 5th & 6th so there was heavy traffic of people. Most everyone was nice along the way up and down.

hiking
11 days ago

Really nice hike. Worth the effort for the view and feeling of accomplishment. Enjoyed seeing the llamas at the summit.

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail with an amazing view that is worth the hike. The last mile is steep but their are steps for part of it and the trail is well maintained. There are also multiple places to stop along the way if you need too.

Also, for the less ambitious crowd there are some beautiful falls less than 1/4 mile in that is not strenuous to get too.

on Meigs Creek Trail

hiking
12 days ago

Me and my three boys hiked the trail. It has several steep inclines for the first mile or so. You cross the creek multiple times and there is a beautiful small waterfall. We only saw two other people on the trail. It doesn’t look very traveled past the waterfall which is about 1.7 Miles back. The trail is a lot of fun and we’d definitely do it again.

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