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Beautiful hike that took about 3 hours total there and back with two young kids. The falls were pretty full bc of the recent rain but we were still able to walk behind the falls. The kiddos enjoyed hopping from rock to rock and jumping over roots.

14 hours ago

Great hike with beautiful views! At the start of the day there was moderate traffic on the trail for the first 2-2.5 miles. Towards mid-afternoon the traffic decreases substantially. Wear appropriate footwear due to lots of diverse terrain, it rained the morning before we hiked so many parts of the trail were still very wet. Make sure to go the extra .3 mil to cliff top for a great view for as far as you can see!

This was a beautiful hike, we had our 2.5 yr old and 1 yr old and they loved it. The falls were amazing, the trail was a bit crowded and parking was the biggest challenge. At the top by the falls it was quite slippery which made wearing the kids a bit more difficult but worth it!

Hiked this with our three kids (8, 7, and 3 ( in a backpack carrier)). The kids absolutely loved the waterfall area. The trail was a moderate climb for our family with just a few spots that were challenging for the kids due to slippery conditions.

Lots of stairs! You can get by the gate!

Have not hiked it since the last section was closed, but it was a beautiful and somewhat strenuous hike ..... especially the last part to summit. Looking forward to hiking it soon... hope I’m not disappointed since some of it is off limits now 10/19/2018. I would highly recommend this trail if your okay with a somewhat difficult hike.

Beautiful, but challenging! The only disappointment was no view at the summit. A decent amount of people that we needed to pass. Overall, a wonderful day of hiking!

hiking
3 days ago

Due to the proximity to Gatlinburg and reasonable distance, this is one of my favorite hikes in GSMNP. Plus it’s fun and absolutely beautiful! There are four bridges that cross the river and have spectacular cascade views & photo ops. This trail is rated as hard and it really is, despite the shorter length. This is mainly due to the elevation gain during the second mile. The elevation gain is thanks to eight - that’s right, EIGHT sets of stairs starting at mile 1.45! Every time I thought we were done climbing stairs, we were surprised with another set, but they’re evenly spaced well-maintained steps, not the weirdly shaped & spaced steps one often sees on trails (i.e. Sharp Top). Again despite the shorter distance, hiking boots and water are a must on this one. If you have any knee issues at all, some kind of knee elastic or KT tape (I prefer the latter) and trekking poles are super helpful on this trail (up and down) because of the steps. It’s true that the area around the pinnacles is closed, but it may never reopen to hikers as the fire has left it unstable and therefore unsafe. There’s a manmade observation point one-quarter of a mile below the former end of the trail; this observation point provides great views of the Chimney Tops pinnacles and Mount LeConte. Highly recommend!

Definitely hard.

long uphill with no payoff, the actual top is closed. wait to do this when the top peak opens.

Love this trail! The fir trees are gorgeous!

on Andrews Bald Trail

4 days ago

one of my favorite hikes. very whimsical and magical forrest scenes

first mile is easy last mile is STAIRS!! no joke.....one mile of mostly stairs
nice view at the end but like most people have reported the last .2 is closed off with a giant gate blocking the path and no way around it. the "new" view was still beautiful.

A well balanced trail, with a beautiful hike along a creek at the base, really awesome rock features along the way, and amazing views at the top. A hiking stick does help as it's pretty slick on the inclines/declines. As well, wear some layers given the elevation change as it can cool down quite a bit at the top if the sun is covered by the clouds. And, do yourself a favor and hike the extra .7-1 mile to Myrtles Point. The view there are unbridled. One of my favorite trails I've done even next to some great trails in RMNP and Zion!

Beautiful hike with amazing views. We only went to bluffs due to some of the hikers in our group.

Recommend this hike because it is family friendly hike. It runs along the river and you get to hear the water all along the hike. You cross the river several times on log bridges.

Excellent hike,
great views well worth it, hike listed as hard due to the elevation gain and some steep steps (but still steps).
alum cave is a good little hike many were not prepared even saw some with strollers lol... not a stroller event at all you should have sturdy hiking boots or shoes we passed someone who slipped and broke her arm on the way up she was being escorted by park rangers back down the path. we went all the way to to the top stopped for rest as frequently as we felt without being rushed had half gallon insulated hot tea and sandwhiches and plenty of snacks to last an entire day. at a lesurely pace with three major stops to rest and eat on the way as well as exploring around the summit and it took us 8 hours or so.. lots of stopping for pictures as well. i would layer like an onion wind chill factor on top of temparature change specially around dusk was significant... on our way down we helped escort a family of 3 girls and both parents that weren't prepared for the dark and the length - one small flashlight and the night was getting chiller (we both had day packs lights and enough food water for an entire day trip)

on Chimney Tops Trail

hiking
7 days ago

I went with some friends in the first week of August...we went early in the morning and were thankful the fog lifted by the time we got to the top. Too bad we couldn’t go to the final part of the trail as it was closed off. We also almost ran into a bear (it crossed right around the corner from us in front of two other people)!

Amazing Views after a challenging hike, streams the kids could play in. We loved it!

Very fun and great views.

Bucket list success. Difficult yes but glad I did it. October 2018

on Chimney Tops Trail

7 days ago

Views at the end are really nice!

Really nice hike! we went early morning (around 8am) and only crossed a couple people. Unfortunately it was extremely foggy and our view from the top was non-existent. We are seasoned hikers and felt this to be a pretty tough hike even with the shorter distance. Even without seeing the view from the top , this was an awesome trail!

Wow, loved it!

Hiked all the way to the top of Mount Leconte. Beautiful but hard hike, mile markers are not exact, to get to the true “top” is more like 7-8miles but it is worth it! Go all the way to Myrtle point past the lodge, it gives you a 360 degree view of mountains. Many people hiked up and stayed at the lodge, my father (50) and I made it a day hike, doable but we were sore the last few miles down. The Bullhead trail was closed, we were going to take that down, but some locals at the top said the Rainbow is the prettiest anyway. There are a few shorter trails to the top from the gap if you want a shorter route to the top. Perfect time of year 10/13, get an early start though because the hike to the falls gets crowded with people in the afternoon. Fire damage is noticeable on the way up, giving some sections an eerie feel. Otherwise amazing hike, just needs some updated mileage!

backpacking
8 days ago

Hiked all the way to the top of Mount Leconte. Beautiful but hard hike, mile markers are not exact, to get to the true “top” is more like 7-8miles but it is worth it! Go all the way to Myrtle point past the lodge, it gives you a 360 degree view of mountains. Many people hiked up and stayed at the lodge, my father (50) and I made it a day hike, doable but we were sore the last few miles down. The Bullhead trail was closed, we were going to take that down, but some locals at the top said the Rainbow is the prettiest anyway. There are a few shorter trails to the top from the gap if you want a shorter route to the top. Perfect time of year 10/13, get an early start though because the hike to the falls gets crowded with people in the afternoon.

a nice, moderate trail, with easy reaches along the Little River. A portion is also known as Jake's trail, and the signs can be confusing. The non-river reach is sparsely hiked, with several challenging stream crossings, making the trail totally worth it. Parking at the trailhead is easier to get than at some of the other trails in GSM park.

Loved this trail! Highly recommend for everyone :)

All time favorite trail. Bit of a trek on the way up and the top is closed off because of the wildfire, still worth the view.

Great climb! Beautiful views. You will get wet though, have to cross a few rapids on the trail.

My brother, cousin and I all hiked this In about 5-6 hours being in pretty decent shape. If you plan on going all the way to the top, I'd bring a lunch and plenty of water. If you only plan on going to the "inspiration point" just a water will do. There are multiple points that have fantastic views! The top view was great as well! I only give 4 stars because once at the cabins, the path to the peak isnt marked very well and can easily confuse most hikers. Overall was a good time.

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