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I went on this trail and it had the best views I’ve ever seen

Great trail beautiful views , very well maintained .

I enjoy hikes that make me work for a view...I even enjoy hikes that are really strenuous without even offering a great view. I just enjoy feeling the burn. AND...this hike definitely deserves the title of most challenging. We started around 1:45 PM, taking our time, enjoying the scenery and the light drizzle of TS Florence on our skin. According to my FitBit tracker, we arrived at the fire tower after 7.32 miles. Another 7.52 miles (we made a small detour with our dogs to explore the trail to the parking lot at the top) and we arrived back at the car.

Most definitely pack a lot of water, and plenty of food to fuel the hike back. The return is pleasurably painful, but It's worth every moment. Almost 15 miles.

It was my first hike but I was with experienced guys and it now has me hooked on hiking. It was difficult but well worth it.

The trail is rocky and well maintained. It took us about 3 hours to hike up but we were carrying larger packs because we camped out a few nights. There are plenty of places to refill water so no real need to cary more than you absolutely need. The parking lot is plenty large but still recommend getting there early as Alum Cave Trail is the busiest. We probably met 50-100 hikers climbing up as we came back down (the reason I rated it only 4 stars). Next trip to Leconte, we will take a less popular trail.

We were hiking this trail when it was little rain and that was awesome experience,overall this trail is amazing with beautiful views ,very recommended

Love it.

Great trails for running and hiking.

Wow what a workout! We parked at the Rainbow Falls trailhead even though that trail is currently closed. Took the Trillium Gap trail all the way to Grotto Falls, which on a Tuesday, was the only crowded part of the trail. We continued on to the top of Mount LeConte...it was rocky and tricky in some spots going up. You will come to a split in the trail with signs that says trillium gap to Mt LeConte is 3.6 miles. Feels a LOT longer than that!!Make sure your conserve your energy for that part. Definitely wear good hiking boots for your ankles. My husband and I are in good shape, we run and lift 6 days a week and this kicked our butts...a different kind of physical activity. Please pack lots of water and food but keep moving when you eat to avoid hikers vertigo (when we stopped abruptly we got the dizzies). Took us 5 hours up and almost 4 hours to get down. The Lodge at Mt LeConte was ok...I understand they are limited but the staff kind of acted like we were bothering them ie. did not acknowledge us even though we are super low maintenance. We stopped for a sack lunch and just to sit for a bit and refuel. If you make it up there go a quarter mile hike up to the scenic overlook. Even on a cloudy day it makes the trek worth it. We did the whole thing in one day...ended up being a 21.8 mile hike round trip. If you do this in one day just make sure you allow for enough daylight. We kinda cut it close and I’m sure you’d be fine using a flashlight (bring one!) for the last part of your journey, but with it getting dark we didn’t want to take our chances turning an ankle. Saw a couple black bear along the way...they did their thing and we did ours!
The round trip in one day was strenuous for us, I would suggest starting a little closer at Grotto Falls trail or at least drink lots and lots of water and fuel up properly! Would do it again.

Made the hike from Black Mountain Campground to the summit and back 30 times in the last five years. My favorite time for this hike in in the fall. This was on my bucket list. There are two decent water sources. Expect lots of roots and rocks on much of the trail. Some of the trail uses an old creek bed. Be prepared for aburpt weather changes. The trail is becoming better maintained because of those hard young dedicated workers.

hiking
9 days ago

An easy calming walk up 3,700 feet of elevation climb...jokes aside it is a fun, strenuous walk. The majority is under tree cover, with an occasional stream or brook. But the end is worth it l, with an open summit area.

Very well marked. Beautiful views all the way up. It is a little difficult but you will not be disappointed.

Loved it... gradual climb is constant... took 5 hours up... spent the night at lodge... 5 hrs up and 3 down... big fun

Take a lite lunch up top, and enjoy the view.

hiking
15 days ago

We hiked the last weekend in July. My boys 9 & 13 had no problems going up. My 13 year old had a 15 lbs. pack, so we were very watchful for the pack not to throw off his balance around the cliffs. Hiking poles help if carrying packs. A liter of water and trail mix for hike up. Refill water at the lodge & buy a sack lunch. Picked up our yearly Christmas ornament at the office.

backpacking
15 days ago

Did this hike in early September. Started around 15:30, hiked in clockwise 3 miles before setting up camp. Most of the water is on this side of the trail, plan accordingly--top off before you begin the ascent. We set out at 7:00 the following morning and made it to the top at 9:00. There is a rim trail at the top that is not included in the 12.7 total, we spend about 90 minutes at the top. If you bring cash there is a general store. The hike down is fairly uneventful, just be mindful of where the OHT branches off--follow the blue blazes. For us most of the water was dried up on this side. Finished up at 14:00. If you have done your math correctly you can see that this hike can very well be done in one day; just start in the morning. The entire hike is very scenic and the view from the top of White Rock mountain is one of the best there is in the Ozarks. I definitely recommend. On a side note, there were a ridiculous amount of stick bugs and horse flies on this hike. Also, things we're INCREDIBLY overgrown this time of year--lots of bushwhacking.

Beautiful trail! Don’t forget to do up to the Cliff top. There’s an amazing view!

Great hike! Definitely strenuous past the Arch Rock, but well worth the effort once you reach Mt LeConte.

Great trail , best hike of the week, saw a red fox , a falcon , & a very friendly red squirrel at the bluff

walking
16 days ago

Hard is right!

Tough but rewarding!

Scenic all along the trail. As a hiker who backpacks approximately twice a year, it was difficult but the views were 100% worth it.

Fantastic trail with so many great scenery! It might be challenging if you’re not physically active. The mount leconte lodge at the summit is an iconic place, definitely stop by to refresh yourself with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

Favorite hike I’ve done. Left the parking lot at 8 and hit the peak at 10:27 which was a pretty challenging pace that left me winded after some sections. Didn’t run into any traffic, besides a few little couples of people. Had the peak to myself for a good 35 mins and got to take a little nap and eat some lunch. The return trip was much more populated, especially at the bluffs and alum cave. Whole trip took me about 5-5:30hrs including about an hour on the peak.

I’d suggest packing an extra layer, extra shirt, and 2.5-3.5 liters of water. I’d also highly suggest hiking boots, not tennis shoes.

I will definitely be coming back in to try and catch the sunrise on this one.

Excellent hike! Scenery is beautiful and the weather was perfect. The views from cliff tops are great. We started just before 7am and we were back at the parking lot about 12:45pm. Only saw two other people on the trail going up but by the time we were coming down it was like a highway with people hiking up. So if you want some peace and tranquillity I definitely recommend getting an early start.

beautiful but steep

Great Trail, started at 5:15am, a lot of parking at the trailhead on Labor Day weekend, hike is very easy, you will cross about 6-7 small bridges until you get to Alum Cave, from there the real ascent starts. There are some great views once you get close to LeConte Lodge Area. You have to go past the lodge area and you can actually summit 3 peaks up there. First one is Clifftop with great view of the valley, the second summit is actually Mount Levonte Peak which is covered in trees (You will see cairns at the summit), the 3rd and best is Myrtle Point which is further down the trail. We did trail in about 8hrs but definitely about 1.5hrs of taking pictures and resting up at summit. ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL HIKE!! Used up 3Liters of water.

One of my first hikes since I moved here. Stunning views!

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