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My favorite Hike Gorgeous!

Peaceful trail with lots of route options

Hiked this as part of a two day trip this weekend. We hiked up to Icewater Spring shelter to overnight, then went on to Mt LeConte (and down the Alum Cave Trail) the next day. I think this is a total ascent of 1500 feet, rather than what’s listed: check other sources. Some great views along the way on a fairly strenuous hike. There is a nice spring available for water near the shelter, btw. Trail was in good condition. Few people on the trail, at least at this time of year.

hiking
28 days ago

5 star because of location. It’s hard to believe a trail this good is here (my fault for not knowing sooner). Really beautiful views, some technical parts, fairly steep in several areas, rock formations, and of course awesome views of the lake.

I’d say it’s moderate with some difficult spots. Trekking poles will really help you a great deal on this trail, so bring them along.

I drank almost 2 liters of water so don’t walk in with a small water bottle, Bring plenty, or a sawyer filter to fill a water bottle at the lake.

Good trail markings, and really great trail maintenance once you get to the true trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed our hike back in September!! Seems to be pretty well maintained. Alabama has some great hiking trails!!

Well marked, and you can walk a little or a lot.

Only did the first half, but it sucked.
At first it showed promise but after a while the trail became less managed and the markers weren't very clear.
To be fair I haven't done the second half, so it may still be worth it.
But do not recommend

trail running
1 month ago

Super fun single track trails in a forested area close to different water ways. Stoked I was able to hit it and do some trail running while out here working for the Air Force on an off weekend. No bathrooms, signs are present but don't provide much information. Make sure you check the main map at the gazebo before heading out. Definitely going again while here.

Great hike. Nov 03, 2018. Dark and cold start but beat the crowd. Very foggy, pretty cold ( about 22 degrees)
Snow at higher elevations, really pretty. Great hike because it’s up and down. Kinda easygoing and pleasant because it isn’t straight up. Fog cleared lots of great views. My new favorite. It was a Saturday traffic coming out was bad. Peach season Saturday.

Awesome views

I thought the Alum Cave trail would still be my favorite route up when I planned the Boulevard ascent - I was wrong. I love every minute of this mostly solitary walk in the woods (very little traffic after peeling off at the 2.7 mile mark). From Newfound Gap parking to Myrtle point in 2:45. Spent a considerable amount of time there with the place to myself. Then from Myrtle Point to the Jump Offs (added on my return) and back to the parking lot in 2:40. I was beat by day’s end, but loved every step of my GPS’d 19+ mile day.

hiking
1 month ago

A surprisingly difficult trail that made for a great challenge with a wonderful view! Be prepared to climb some rocks and get a little dirty

Me and two friends did this last Saturday. Lots of banana spider webs. I saw a copperhead a foot off the trail, coiled and ready to strike. I took a stick and placed him a rock formation. Beautiful views of Lake Martin, and plenty of areas to take swim and cool off. Well blazed and Highly recommended!!

Pretty amazing trail. I’ve been on the Cherokee Ridge Trail and the Forever Wild Trail nearby, and while they’re all most excellent, this one has been my favorite. I put it off though because it seemed like it was mostly overlooks and cliffs and I wanted a bit more water access to help the dog and I to cope with this Alabama heat. There were plenty of places, though, to actually get into Lake Martín and take a dip. The trail is easy to find, right in the middle of a neighborhood. When I got there the lot was full but I never saw another person out on the trail. The beginning winds trough a development but give it some time. You end up for a while in a line forest. Eventually the trail turns along the lakeside and things get really impressive. Tons of views. Great time.

I have done the four mile loop twice with my dog. This is a decent trail for training, but there are no views and the vegetation doesn't vary much along the route. Perhaps the seven and eleven mile routes are more interesting.

There are many, many spider webs across the trail this time of year. I spent much of the hike with a stick out in front of me to avoid walking into a large banana spider web.

I would recommend this hike for people who are looking to get distance on trails and don't want to drive far. But if you're looking for a more enjoyable experience, I would head over to the Deadening Trail on Lake Martin or Chewacla.

Hiked mid-day on a Sunday and didn't see anyone else out on the trail. The conditions were very good (no mud, no spider webs, few downed trees). We hiked the loop counter-clockwise to save the best views and the Needle's Eye for last. I found the trail to be moderately difficult in some steep sections. There are a couple of nice flat rock spots along the lake side of the trail for stopping to eat and enjoy the view, but no clearly marked mid-point. I brought my 10 month old collie with us and he was able to do every part of the trail except the Needle's Eye. He also loved being able to get into the water to cool off.

backpacking
2 months ago

My 15 year old son and I completed this loop counter clockwise starting at Adams Gap this past weekend. The first mile or two is a very pleasant up/down hike. Miles 3-4 included a very steep climb and fairly comfortable ridge line hiking until we reached the silent trail. Steep descent for a mile with a gradual decent for second mile into camping area where we overnighted about 1/8 mile from improved campground at Turnipseed. 2nd day we hiked the remainder of silent trail to skyway trailhead. Skyway trail is a moderate to hard trail with steep ascents and descents all along the six mile trail. Awesome campsites from 1-1.3 miles from Adams gap parking area; we stayed at the first site we came to which was large enough for 4-6 tents. Our third day was an honest climb from the bottom of a valley to the top of the Adams gap parking area. 1.3 miles took us almost 90 minutes, gradual climb the entire way!!! All in all, an awesome loop that can easily be completed in 48 hours!

beautiful we saw turtles and intricate spider webs and lake muscles!

Went on an overnighter to Mt LeConte. We loved the solitude. My favorite area was the backbone right before Mt LeConte where it’s narrow and you can see East and West. Was hoping we would see a bear since it isn’t highly traveled, but no. The Alum Cave trail is probably prettier, but so darn busy.
Recommend the trip and spending the night at the LeConte Lodge.

hiking
2 months ago

Due to development the trailhead has moved to inside the neighborhood. This trial had quite a bit of incline for such a short distance. I'm not a bird watcher but I did get to see two bald eagles flying around which was all inspiring. I would recommend at least one trekking Pole

The good parts: challenging trail; good views; fun to hike. The bad part: poor to non-existant blazes, especially on the switchbacks. Good training, however. I highly recommend it and will be back! Bring plenty of water and electrolytes during periods of hot weather. There are no water sources on the trail other than the Lake.

It’s a beautiful trail, I’m a beginner hiker so I found it challenging in some areas, it was very well marked and has a gorgeous view of the water. Hopefully this trail will become easier for me the more I do it! Warning though, there are so many spider webs!! Gotta constantly stay on the look out

Great views of Lake Martin in some spots. There are a few difficult twists and short climbs but they're a blast! Trail could use a few more markers because I got turned around twice, but it wasn't difficult to get back on course.

Love this trail! Beautiful views of Lake Martin, some challenges (eye of the needle), a few switchbacks that can get you (well me anyway) turned around, but not too long. I come here regularly. Can get up early to spend 2 hours or so on this trail, then have the rest of the day in front of me. Of course it helps that it’s close by my house.

Very nice hike enjoyed the view. Very good workout when you are on vacation. Trails marked clearly.

Always enjoy my hikes here. The flowers along the trail in the Spring are beautiful - my favorite time of year to hike this trail. Summer hikes are doable. Hot but manageable with water and frequent rest stops. There are shortened trails so if it’s too hot you can opt for these trails. Late Fall and Winter hikes are enjoyable with the cooler weather and less humidity.

Very enjoyable trail, even though it was pouring on us nearly the whole time. We took the time to go see the Jump Off and I’m sure it would have been beautiful had it not been so misty that morning! There were some difficult sections on the boulevard trail section with steep uphills but the views paid off. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a more secluded approach to LeConte. We did it in three days (1st day: Road Prong Trail+Appalachian Trail with sleep at Icewater Springs Shelter, 2nd day: Charlie’s Bunion back to Boulevard Trail and sleep at LeConte Shelter, 3rd day: coming down LeConte via Alum Cave). Overall an easy paced trail, with us getting done with hiking in early afternoon. Would recommend taking time to see the different viewing points like Myrtle Point and Charlie’s Bunion if you have the time.

Great trail with great views of the lake.

Glad I brought my poles but great trail. Will definitely hike it again.

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