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8 hours ago

Nice trail - easy to follow. Not a lot of people since it’s a moderate trail and out to the falls is all up hill. The top of the trail is really nice with the water fall to see and rocks to sit on to enjoy the scenery. Definitely recommend good shoes and water for the hike. About 3 hours for approx 6 miles.

Did the trail today starting up Little River trail to the Cucumber Gap, then down the Jakes Creek trail. Great variety of terrain but very manageable. The hike along the river was outstanding, with many Appalachian Tiger swallowtail butterflies. They were plentiful and swirled around us as well as many congregated on the ground. Then the Cucumber Gap trail was an up and over, but not too exerting. We actually encountered a full size bear on the trail. We kept our distance and were fine. The final leg passed through remnants of older log homes as we neared the end. We absolutely loved this trail loop!!

on Grotto Falls Trail

1 day ago

We got there around 8:30am on a Sat. The trail was not super busy and we even had some time to ourselves at the fall. We enjoyed every part of this hike. It was not too strenuous, interesting things to explore and awesome waterfall to walk behind. When we left, the crowds were coming in.

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

Great hike, beautiful views. Unique in that you hike down first and ascend on return.

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.

Great hike. Went on 7/10. We arrived at the falls around 9:00. By the time we left at 9:30, there was a line of 50 or more people trying to reach the falls. There were lots of folks walking up as we walked down. Go early and bring a towel. The pool at the base is great to wade through.

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!

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.

5 days ago

This trail is pretty tough if you aren’t a seasoned hiker. The trail is a steep incline to the falls. The waterfalls along the way are pretty as well. Rainbow falls was beautiful at the end of the trail but it had rained recently. Coming down was much faster but took us 3 hours of hiking to do this trail there and back. Nice hike.

my favorite trail in the Smoky mountains.

Great moderate hike. Lots of tree roots on trail. Falls are beautiful. Highly recommend! I also would really advise going early. I started around 6:45AM. Coming down approximately 80 people were headed up to falls. (Kept count as a game :) )

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 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.

9 days ago

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

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 Chimney Tops Trail

10 days ago

Short but steep-buggy and humid in summer!

lots of roots, rocks, and a couple small stream crossings keep you on your toes, but overall a relatively easy hike. the falls are amazing, but best to do this trail later in the day or in the off season as it tends to get quite congested.

Started at 7am, the parking lot was full from overnights at the lodge. The hike up was well shaded. Hiked to the top at 10:30am. Grabbed a snack bag from the dining hall for $11. Water is available by the office for refills. Hike back down took 2hr. The trail was very busy the closer to the trailhead. I did not notice any trash anywhere near the trail!

For those in shape it is a moderate hike....

little on the steep side for 2.75mi up. no Hard, a bit strenuous if your not in Hiking shape. beautiful stream crossings , bridges and falls.

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