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Great views! Worth the hike!

We had a great hike on this trail. It was our favorite for the trip. We are relatively amateur hikers but are all in good physical shape and had no problems. We had a diverse family group ranging in age from 7-78. We did have to stop at the cave and head back down do to some in our group getting tired but to that point it was beautiful. My husband and I plan to complete the hike on our next trip. We did not have hiking shoes (just tennis shoes) or rain gear however these would both be needed to hike all the way to the lodge at the summit. Arched Rock, Inspiration point and Alum cave were very beautiful and well worth it. The park is very crowded. I would recommend going early to avoid the crowd.

Did this hike early May. Very nice hike. Waterfall was beautiful. Simple hike doesn’t take much time but worth it.

Nice easy trail. Good morning hike.

hiking
17 hours ago

Was worth it for us. We went in the spring and it was cold. It was also just after a large snow storm, so the snow was melting and we got a gorgeous view of the falls! Hiked with my 11 year old and he did great! Took us 2.5 to get up and 1.5 to go down. Several smaller falls along the route as well.

hiking
18 hours ago

I was pressed for time. So straight up, 10 minutes at the top, half walk half jog back down, total time was 66 minutes. I’m 42, lean, run 10 miles a week. Thought it might be helpful to someone to know it can be done in that amount of time. Definitely wish I had more time to take everything in, etc.

My first hike I loved it

This was a great trail! Wasn't too long of a hike...and the Falls were amazing!

Walked this trail on the 18 of July, started around 0900 and finished just before 11. I hike fast when I'm by myself but enjoyed this trail. The trail does have a descent amount of elevation gain and the trail has a good width to it since it is designated for horses. This would be a good quick hike or can be combined with others to make a full day.

Great quick but Vigorous trail. The end is closed due to the fires but still a great walk with Beautiful scenery and overlooks

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike. Had a full family of all ages. Our 3 year old didn't complain about being tired on the hike. It was easy enough for him. Not a large elevation gain. Very beautiful throughout the hike with all of the rocks and roots along the trail which does make it a little tough to maneuver. Not paved. The waterfall is so pretty!!

This trail was relatively easy. Other trails we have been on became part of the terrain, whereas this was a “trail” the whole way. Rainbow Falls was beautiful- wished we had seen a rainbow! Worth the view for the distance of the hike. We enjoyed it!

Best view we’ve had in the Smokies! My wife and I did this trail the day after we had hiked around 10 miles. Even being a little sore, this trail was doable but moderate. The trail was uphill coming back from the Bunion. Well worth it, was great!

We did this hike on October 2nd 2017. We hiked up to LeConte Lodge and eventually to LeConte peak marked by a cairn just past the LeConte shelter. We weren’t aware of Myrtle Point so we turned back after reaching the high-point. We did however back-track to Cliff Tops to get some good views. After this we did get to stop at the Lodge for some Hot Chocolate and some great views of Gatlinburg and the park outskirts from the Cafe balcony. They had some chairs too so you can relax for a bit. We were also very lucky to see a Llama train arrive with supplies for the Lodge while we were there. We found out that they do a couple trips during the week to carry supplies for the Lodge. The hosts were really nice and let most of the people there even feed and pet the llamas. Definitely made up to the fact we missed Myrtle Point.

A must do! Always a trip to remember. The trail has been reworked so that the rocks and ground create better footing and drainage making it a much easier hike.

This is a very scenic hike and the views from the cliff tops are amazing. We hiked up and back the same day, but you can make reservations (a year in advance) to stay at the top. The hike is strenuous and very rocky. If you have knee problems, this one hurts a bit. There are a few things for sale at the top like chocolate and T-shirt’s. I think you can buy meals as well. We spent 8 hours on the trail including the time we spent at the top. Definitely start early and pack a lunch and plenty of water.

A pretty easy hike and the waterfall is beautiful. You can walk behind the falls. Even though it’s a short, easy hike, I would recommend take no water.

Really pretty hike. Saw a black bear cub on the hike less than 15 feet off the trail.

Started this hike at around 8am and we were lucky enough to miss the fog as it rolled in after we departed Charlie's Bunion. I would rate this trail on the easier side of moderate. There are a few water sources along this trail with one being marked near the Icewater Spring Shelter. There is also an outdoor toilet on the way up. The trailhead itself is a lookout that was very popular for motorist driving through. There were also restrooms located there. The view from Charlie's Bunion was well worth the hike.

Beautiful trail It is all uphill, so not really for those who have difficulty walking. We loved it and are looking forward to hiking it again.

Absolutely beautiful!

Great trail. Astonishing views, and fascinating flora on the other side.

Get there early if you want a more quiet walk. Many families there by mid morning to tube in the creek. (Which looked fun!) The trail was manageable for my older parents and younger kids. The waterfall and creek make for beautiful photos with the family.

Great hike
Foggy and rain most of the hike but cleared just as we reached the Bunion for 10 mins, then thunder storms rolled in just as quickly.
Good reminder to always be prepared for all types of weather while hiking.

My husband & I hiked this trail yesterday with an early start. Beautiful trail with lots to see. Love to hike with water features from the creek raging along the trail, waterfalls, & peaceful trickling streams trailing down the mountain, its here. Calm pools for fishing, wildflowers & rock formations, you won't be disappointed! Glad we arrived early as we finished our hike, loads of eager tubing fans were trekking up the trail to get a chance to ride the waves of cascading water in the creek. There is something for everyone here. A great day all the way around!

hiking
3 days ago

Not steep but long climb, the first mile was a very wide pathway but after that it was more of a trail. Overall good trail. 3 waterfalls along the trail. Some difficult parts but mostly easy

I would not rate this as moderate, it is very easy- the trail was filled with families with small children. I am 26 and moderately in shape. Beautiful forest trail, heard lots of birds. I would definitely recommend exploring the base of the waterfall, as the top portion was crowded with so many people it felt like Disney World. If you can climb down, the base is very peaceful.

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!

It’s very slick coming back on part of the paved trail. I prefer gravel or dirt trails but paved it better for kids. Both of my kids fell. I fell with my 3 year old on my shoulders due to slick pavement. But worth the hike there and back. Does get crowded in the early afternoon. Morning is less crowded.

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