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Pretty rough especially the first 4 miles! Don’t get the full experience since it was cloudy. The hike was actually 13.3 miles from parking lot out and back .

Great trail beautiful views , very well maintained .

The trail is rocky and well maintained. It took us about 3 hours to hike up but we were carrying larger packs because we camped out a few nights. There are plenty of places to refill water so no real need to cary more than you absolutely need. The parking lot is plenty large but still recommend getting there early as Alum Cave Trail is the busiest. We probably met 50-100 hikers climbing up as we came back down (the reason I rated it only 4 stars). Next trip to Leconte, we will take a less popular trail.

We were hiking this trail when it was little rain and that was awesome experience,overall this trail is amazing with beautiful views ,very recommended

Wow what a workout! We parked at the Rainbow Falls trailhead even though that trail is currently closed. Took the Trillium Gap trail all the way to Grotto Falls, which on a Tuesday, was the only crowded part of the trail. We continued on to the top of Mount LeConte...it was rocky and tricky in some spots going up. You will come to a split in the trail with signs that says trillium gap to Mt LeConte is 3.6 miles. Feels a LOT longer than that!!Make sure your conserve your energy for that part. Definitely wear good hiking boots for your ankles. My husband and I are in good shape, we run and lift 6 days a week and this kicked our butts...a different kind of physical activity. Please pack lots of water and food but keep moving when you eat to avoid hikers vertigo (when we stopped abruptly we got the dizzies). Took us 5 hours up and almost 4 hours to get down. The Lodge at Mt LeConte was ok...I understand they are limited but the staff kind of acted like we were bothering them ie. did not acknowledge us even though we are super low maintenance. We stopped for a sack lunch and just to sit for a bit and refuel. If you make it up there go a quarter mile hike up to the scenic overlook. Even on a cloudy day it makes the trek worth it. We did the whole thing in one day...ended up being a 21.8 mile hike round trip. If you do this in one day just make sure you allow for enough daylight. We kinda cut it close and I’m sure you’d be fine using a flashlight (bring one!) for the last part of your journey, but with it getting dark we didn’t want to take our chances turning an ankle. Saw a couple black bear along the way...they did their thing and we did ours!
The round trip in one day was strenuous for us, I would suggest starting a little closer at Grotto Falls trail or at least drink lots and lots of water and fuel up properly! Would do it again.

Very well marked. Beautiful views all the way up. It is a little difficult but you will not be disappointed.

This hike was fantastic. Park at the lower parking area of Cosby campground and you will see a sign for the Low Gap Trail to the right of the lot. Follow this until you get on the Appalachian Trail and then follow the signs to Mount Cammerer. We went on a weekday in September and only saw 4 people the entire hike. Plenty of space to park. We started at 8am and it took us around 5.5 hrs - that’s with some photo breaks :) The trail is tree covered until the very end so that helped with the heat. My only complaint is all the little bugs flying around my face. But thats what I expected for a humid day in TN. It is a lot of elevation gain but worth the amazing 360 view of the Smokies. Also to note, I did record our hike using the AllTrails app and it clocked us closer to 11.5-12 miles!

Loved it... gradual climb is constant... took 5 hours up... spent the night at lodge... 5 hrs up and 3 down... big fun

14 days ago

We hiked the last weekend in July. My boys 9 & 13 had no problems going up. My 13 year old had a 15 lbs. pack, so we were very watchful for the pack not to throw off his balance around the cliffs. Hiking poles help if carrying packs. A liter of water and trail mix for hike up. Refill water at the lodge & buy a sack lunch. Picked up our yearly Christmas ornament at the office.

Beautiful trail! Don’t forget to do up to the Cliff top. There’s an amazing view!

Great hike! Definitely strenuous past the Arch Rock, but well worth the effort once you reach Mt LeConte.

Great trail , best hike of the week, saw a red fox , a falcon , & a very friendly red squirrel at the bluff

Tough but rewarding!

Fantastic trail with so many great scenery! It might be challenging if you’re not physically active. The mount leconte lodge at the summit is an iconic place, definitely stop by to refresh yourself with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

Favorite hike I’ve done. Left the parking lot at 8 and hit the peak at 10:27 which was a pretty challenging pace that left me winded after some sections. Didn’t run into any traffic, besides a few little couples of people. Had the peak to myself for a good 35 mins and got to take a little nap and eat some lunch. The return trip was much more populated, especially at the bluffs and alum cave. Whole trip took me about 5-5:30hrs including about an hour on the peak.

I’d suggest packing an extra layer, extra shirt, and 2.5-3.5 liters of water. I’d also highly suggest hiking boots, not tennis shoes.

I will definitely be coming back in to try and catch the sunrise on this one.

Excellent hike! Scenery is beautiful and the weather was perfect. The views from cliff tops are great. We started just before 7am and we were back at the parking lot about 12:45pm. Only saw two other people on the trail going up but by the time we were coming down it was like a highway with people hiking up. So if you want some peace and tranquillity I definitely recommend getting an early start.

beautiful but steep

Great Trail, started at 5:15am, a lot of parking at the trailhead on Labor Day weekend, hike is very easy, you will cross about 6-7 small bridges until you get to Alum Cave, from there the real ascent starts. There are some great views once you get close to LeConte Lodge Area. You have to go past the lodge area and you can actually summit 3 peaks up there. First one is Clifftop with great view of the valley, the second summit is actually Mount Levonte Peak which is covered in trees (You will see cairns at the summit), the 3rd and best is Myrtle Point which is further down the trail. We did trail in about 8hrs but definitely about 1.5hrs of taking pictures and resting up at summit. ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL HIKE!! Used up 3Liters of water.

One of my first hikes since I moved here. Stunning views!

Hiked this trail today and it was amazing! Beautiful views every few miles. Well worth it!

Wonderful hike, fantastic views and some challenging terrain...

Excellent hike. Very beautiful.

Great trip, great lodging and scenery all around. Don't miss Cliff Tops and Myrtle Point.

hiked to the lodge for an overnight in April, 2017. snowed 8" overnight. one of the best experiences of my life. don't miss this.

One of the best trails, if not THE best, in the Southeast...period!

My wife and I did this hike with our 3 boys and 2 nephews. Ages 17-11. It’s was “lit” as they say on the gram.

This is an awesome hike. Got a late start but made the 11 mile round trip in six hours. The bluff is absolutely something everyone should experience, breathtaking. Trail after the bluff provides great vistas in many directions, all worthy of many photos

This trail is “worth it” as others have stated because of the variety and frequency of views, this trail keeps paying off every little while. Highly recommended going past the mountain top and follow another half mile to cliff top where the most incredible views of the Smokey’s can be seen. The majority of the climb up is strenuous but even a couple miles in is worth visiting if don’t want to do the 11 mile round trip. Took us 6 hours. Recommend a sunny day for best views!

Four of us trekked through the rain on 8/21. We had a few moments of clarity where the trees on mountains were visible. A lot of interesting small growth all around. Thick forest changed constantly. Beautiful. Camped at the accommodating village lodge at the top. Loved it. Hiked back down the next day in the rain again. Two days later and my calves are still tight. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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