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It was an amazing hike.I will do this trail again.Next time all the way 2 My Leconte

Love this trail will do it more a very nice walk in the smokies

My wife and I hiked this today in about 6 hours (which includes about 30 minutes of stopping). We are relatively new to hiking and both in fair shape. Got there around 8 and the parking lot was half full. Didn’t see too many hikers on the way up but tons on the way back down and the parking lot and adjacent roadsides were packed. To be fair, it was a gorgeous day weather-wise which will bring a lot of people to the park. The trail itself wasn’t too bad. The incline was pretty gradual throughout and wasn’t too strenuous. All in all it was a fairly difficult hike due to its overall length, but the views at the top were well worth the work.

1 day ago

Good: Primitive and rough trail with very few markers. Many logs, rocks and streams to traverse. Put pole down once and it sunk halfway down. Isolated and saw only one group of three. Climb was strenuous. Woods and terrain were lush and attractive and varied.

Bad: No way the mileage is right at 10.4mi. Hiked southwest side of loop to bald, the halfway point on the map and it was close to 7mi. Realized we would run out of daylight, we sprinted back to what GPS said was 13.5 mi. We didn't want to risk doing other side of loop and run into unknowns delaying us further, so made it an out and back and still ended up an hour in the dark. The view from Bald is meh.

Bottom line: Solid workout on pretty but technical trail. Plan 14mi.

Hiked yesterday. It poured with light rain throughout the entire trek. Beautiful misty waterfall at the end, at the second log bridge (you can't miss it). Saw very few other hikers thanks to the weather.
This is a great hike if you want something slightly more challenging. However, anyone can do it if you just go at your own pace.

Amazing hike with a decent incline. The stone steps through the mountain was a crowd pleaser and there are so many amazing views along the trek. Rested under the bluffs towards the end of the trail and it was well work the hike. 10/10 would do it again.

This IS a bucket list hike for anyone who loves the mountains

11 days ago

I loved the trail. My wife and I along with our 4 year old son completed the trail on today 4/8/18. It was cold and snow everywhere. We are from Florida so the snow was absolutely amazing to see. The trail starts out very easy and becomes more difficult further in. Wonderful memories made.

12 days ago

My wife and I walk the Rainbow Falls Trail and found it to be very difficult. I am 65 years old and am way over weight. The trail started out easy enough. It was wide with only a slight incline. As we continued our walk the trail became narrower, rockier and steeper. It took all I had to make it to the top and back down again. I found coming down much more difficult than going up. I was happy I did it.. The trail lost one star because the falls itself was not very spectacular. It is the journey not the destination.

New to hiking or out for a walk- this will be work. Used to hiking and/or younger, this shouldn’t be too difficult.

Hiked on3/31/18.Weather was cool and sunny. There was some ice on the trail towards the top and icicles on some of the overhangs. Good crowd but not to crowded.

This was a fun one. It starts off easy enough but, has a very sneaky, gradual incline. I purposely did not work out on legs the week of this hike and, that was the right call; granted, we did a moderately strenuous hike the day prior to this trail. The sights are great and we really liked all of the running water going in between the rocks. Hike is not overbearing until after the cave; many hikers call it a day at that point, which is approximately half way, I believe. The rest of the trail from there has a lot of icy rock to shimmy across, depending on season and time of day. The camp ground up top is pretty neat; it's like a trip back in time. Go a little further to reach the cliffs and take in the well-earned view. Also, have a lunch or two in my case. The hike back down is easy compared to the climb up. Bring a lot of food and water; the two of us went through about 5-liters of water on a day that was 60 degrees F. Well worth the trip and was a rewarding experience. We can't wait to come back to this park.

16 days ago

great hike. I do this one almost every time I visit the Smokey Mountains. 5.5 miles isn't exactly correct, I measured 2.80 miles one direction to make it 5.6 miles. I also wouldn't call it hard. My 4 year old just finished it with no problems. I would say that it is a moderate difficulty. The work that they did over the winter really shows. the new steps were beautiful. this is one of my favorite day hikes on this side of the country.

Trail is diagonal from the building, see photos.

This is the perfect trail for those who want to see mountains & waterfalls but don’t have much time. I wouldn’t recommend this trail to anyone without sure footing due to the amount of roots and slick spots. I saw a few older folks turn back because of it.

I would definitely do this trail again.
Great for kids!

This was our first visit to the Smoky Mountains and this hike did not disappoint! I hiked To Mt. Leconte with my husband and 9 y/o son on March 30th. It. Is. Strenuous. It took us 5 hours round trip. We hike frequently, We are all in pretty good shape and I have not experienced a hike this hard. My 9 y/o cried. Steep inclines - lots of steps! That being said, it was amazing and once you’re at the top you have a great sense of accomplishment!
The views were amazing on the way up. It’s a different, more rocky terrain than we are used to seeing. There are lots of wet areas and stream crossings so waterproof hiking boots are highly recommended! There was ice on the trail at the top with lots of cables to assist in traversing safely. Beautiful icicles hung from the trees and cliffs! There are so many interesting landscapes to see on this hike!
Overall this hike was a great experience and we can’t wait to go back in the fall!

I'm not an experienced hiker but I'm in good shape and workout 5 days a week so I thought what the heck let's see what I can do. This trail has such good reviews for the scenery and we are from Illinois so we don't travel to the Smokies often so we thought "when in Rome". I can't imagine another day hike in this part of the country would top this one. It was breath taking. Every. Single. Part. It was difficult but definately doable for my fitness level. Even saw numerous kids under the age of 15 make it to the top. Lots of inclines and stairs and when you reach the summit it is humbling. I can't wait to do it again in the fall!

Really fun and enjoyable trail. It's honestly not very difficult. If you enjoy waterfalls and constantly walking through running water, then this is the hike for you!Some of the rocks are a bit slick so, be cautious while crossing over them. The trail is somewhat busy but, not too bad. It's a pretty quick hike, about 4 hours, including sitting down for lunch.

We only went to the bluffs, about 2.3 miles in, and turned around. The trail to the arch (1.3 miles) is a moderate incline along the river, very beautiful and peaceful. Once you get to the arch, the incline seems to increase and I needed to take a couple breaks to the bluffs, even though I considerate myself moderately fit. It was definitely worth it though. The view from the bluffs was amazing and made a great spot to have a snack and refuel to go back down. Continuing on past the bluffs to the mountain top seemed nearly impossible to me but clearly there are many who can do it and I imagine it’s amazing. Great photo opportunities throughout.

18 days ago

Great hike for visitors newer to Great Smokey Mountain National Park! The trail has some elevation change and crosses streams at multiple points. Would recommend sturdy shoes simply because of the exposed rock and roots along the trail. Some mud along the trail, but nothing unmanageable. The Falls were great because of the recent rainfall.

went March 31,2018 with my family. friendly people. saw marriage proposal very sweet. ice on rocks & icicles hanging.

Great hike. The falls were pretty full because of the rainfall lately.

I recorded almost six miles from the parking lot. We stayed at Mount LeConte overnight and enjoyed the last snowfall of March 2018. Our two teens hiked with us (13&14), and the views were the best so far than any other trail I have ever hiked. The first leg of the trail to Alum Cave is pretty easy, but from there it gets tough for half a mile and easy for a quarter mile. After that, it is all uphill. If you are hiking in winter, make sure to put spikes on your boots. The rocks are slippery and icy. The views are majestic. The trail is pretty crowded until Alum Cave, but after that the crowd dwindled. The trail is tough but worth it. I would recommend it!. Don’t forget to buy your t-shirt at Mount LeConte

Love this trail, there is something satisfying knowing llamas are how supplies are taken up to the lodge. This trail is well marked with several steep sections. The trail is more strenuous once you pass the alum cave junction, and there are several areas great for views but could be hazardous if wet or not paying attention. The lodge is such a cool setup but most likely it will be fog ridden when you reach the top limiting views

Hiked 3/27, started at 11:00, and was not the last car parked off the road as hikers coming up as we were descending. Took 5 hrs. with hot chocolate and nourishing, yummy chocolate, peanut butter,, oat no bakes on peak. Comfortable 36 degrees on top with no ice on trail. 12 and 13 year boy and girl counted 2906 man made stairs from wood and rock and figured trail was 199 and 14/15ths football fields or 29,040 steps! Loved the community room with games and guitars at the lodge. We will return and camp there.

great for familes. we hiked in with 3 kids 8 and under. they did great and we had lunch by the falls. quick 2 1/2 hr round trip..and that includes an hour by the falls exploring.

Great trail ! Recommended for first timers.

hiked on 3/26. started at 8AM and we were one of the first cars in the lot, but by the time we got back down at 1PM the lot and surrounding roads were full. We stopped at the Alum Cave and had a light snack and had lunch at the lodge and bought some hot chocolate (which was delicious). We stopped a lot for photos and a few breaks. it took us 5 hours in total including a snack break and lunch. snowy at the top and warm at the bottom. one of the best hikes I've ever done

Obstacles of many roots, rocks & lots of mud to get there, but the waterfall at the end is worth it.

Beautiful hike!! Amazing scenery on the way up, trail is gorgeous. Too “Smokey” at the peak for the view but the lodge was a fun rest spot. We ended up going a bit further past the lodge so closer to 13 miles round trip but would absolutely go again, hopefully on a clearer day!

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