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Beautiful views. Easy hike so bring a picnic!

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I love this place. The trail is pretty tough. Very steep with a lot of steps but once you reach the top it was well worth it!

Did this trail on 07/12/2018. Started at Alumn Cave bluffs trailhead and ended at Newfound Gap. What can I say. It is a total Smokey Mountain experience. Creeks, views, wildlife, flowers. This route is 13 miles. We did it in 5.5 hours. Should have taken it slower to enjoy more but we also used this route for a workout. I have done this. Route several times at different times of year. Never disappoints

Fun trail with gentle grades that ends at the spectacular Charlie’s Bunion. There are some rocks and roots, but nothing technical. There’s a spring along the way if you need water.

Absolutely beautiful trial from the beginning. The sound of the creek throughout is nice. Felt like we were on Tom Sawyer's Island in Disneyland because it was so clean and perfect. Nice footbridges crossing the water when needed. A butterfly landed on my shoulder and took a ride for about 15 minutes. The waterfall was very nice as well. Plenty of room to splash around and cool off. Had a picnic on the rocks at the bottom of the falls before heading back. Easy hike all the way. Didn't see any bears but we did spot a squirrel!

Did this along with a bigger loop. I'd say I usually love ridge walking, but this isn't one of them. I think going south instead of west gives you better view points.

There are many ways to reach the top of mount Leconte. This on is longer then Alum, but it is milder, and I think the view was nice too. You also have some small extra options along the way. It took me 4.5 hours going up backpacking, including Charlies bunion, so I'd say it never got very steep, and the trail is well maintained

I liked this one. It was an easy walk, mostly down, well marked. The view isn't breathtaking, but it is nice. I did it as part of Forney Ridge to Silers Bald to Clingman Loop. This is probably the best segment of it

A little bonus hike for the day. You should know that you the last part of the trail is closed. When I went, I wanted to go past the gate but there was a ranger closeby watching the trail

Did this segment along while going up to Mount Leconte. It's a nice little detour if the weather is good (on my way up, clouds were hiding everything, but it was nice on my way down)

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

I did this one a few years before the wildfire, so I don’t know how it looks now. I’m sad to hear the top is closed.

It’s beautiful. The last part is hand-over-foot, but the rock gets super hot.

It’s very steep. Get an early start and bring water.

Great hike with the family. Started at 8:00am and arrived at the lodge at 11:10am. Great views and photo moments on the descent. Hope to do it again and stay the night at the lodge.

Great trail. The section from the cave to the peak is tough but rewarding with amazing views. I recommend trekking poles to help with the steep descent.

Love this hike! Hiked it with my husband and three girls ages 7 to 13. It’s tough towards the end but worth it. We stopped at alum cave for lunch and then went on with a couple more short breaks. It took us about three hours to get up and two to get down. Drank our weight in hot chocolate and coffee at the lodge.

The view was amazing! The hike can be rough in spots because it goes straight up hill, but the trail evens out along the way providing great spots to take breaks. The only down fall was the fog. Luckily when I went, it wasn't too thick. I highly recommend this hike. I am a beginner hiker and it wasn't too vigorous.

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.

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