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Jen Thewesterntrek reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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Alum cave trail was perfect. It had a creek, an amazing cave that reminded me of some of the trails in Utah, and a natural arch. The Mt LeConte peak was uneventful - only a small cairn marked the area, no sign or anything. On the way up, there is a little camp. You have to reserve it online, but they have little cabins and bathrooms (potable toilets). It also has a little dining area, although I’m not sure if it’s open with Covid.

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Sydney Mouser reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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Zachery Swensen reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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great hike. some rough spots, but amazing views.

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Robert Morris reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL my fiancée and I really pushed our limits to see what we could do and surprised ourselves. It was foggy up top of my le conte and couldn’t really see the view but the trail/hike itself was amazing. Just the right amount of challenge for two people who don’t ever get to hike mountains!

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I thought it was amazing! Would do it again. Breathtaking views and degree of difficulty just right.

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Walter Hankins reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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Nice hike

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Brian Andreola reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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Alex Maskovyak reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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Simply gorgeous and worthy of doing again and again. Waterfalls, river rapids, and views of the mountains. It rained nearly the whole time and was impossible to not get soaked. Streams criss-cross the trail and the trail starts taking in water during the rain. Canopy cover isn't enough once you get past arch point. Hike grade and path isn't too challenging to take and had interesting guide wires to assist. Lots of steps, well maintained, either cut into the rock or built with logs. Got to the lodge at top and it was COVID closed to day hikers so we needed to sneak onto a cabin porch to eat. We decided to not do the peak / lookout point since that was another 1.5 miles. All trails underestimates this a lot if you were to follow its course past the lodge.

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HikerBoricua HikerBoricua reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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Can't rate it any higher because High Top was a huge disappointment. Just a "kern-ish' pile of rocks in an all-obscuring mass of trees. Perhaps the extra half mile to+from Myrtle Point would have made a difference, but this trail as traced here is a letdown.

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Caroline User reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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Amazing as usual!!

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Mike Gilbert reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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Amazing hike. Little foggy at the top, and very crowded on the descent- get an early start!

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KACIE ALEXANDER reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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Very well maintained trail. We enjoyed the stream next to trail all the way up to Arch Rock. The view from Inspiration Point was spectacular. From there we went up to the Alum Cave and it was amazing! We had some fog rolling in but it made for some cool pictures. We opted to turn around at the Alum Cave and did not complete the rest to Le Conte. I clocked in 4.6 miles and am 6 months pregnant. So it is definitely doable! We started the trail around 1PM on a Monday and we were able to find parking at the trail head.

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High point isn’t really a viewpoint! It was misleading

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HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

WOWZA! We were so impressed by the views. We ended up doing the “cliff tops” part of the trail at the top because we weren’t sure where the top of the mountain actually was and didn’t have service to check the map (I’m seeing now that we would have needed to just keep going past the lodge to get to the summit, bummer that we missed it but we were still happy with the views we got at the cliff tops). We hiked this starting at 1pm, parking lot was full so we parked on the street adding about a half a mile to our total distance. We were aggressively hungover and still managed to hike to the top and basically roll our bodies back down in 5.5 hours. It took us 3 hours to hike up, we explored the cliff tops for about a half hour, and then 2 hours back down (all of us kept saying our limbs felt like noodles on the way down). The parking lot was empty by the time we got back to the bottom and we passed very few people on the way back down. My phone tracked the hike to be about 11.8 miles. This would include the wandering around the top and the extra walk to the car parked on the street. Overall, really beautiful views and definitely worth the long haul out. I would recommend it if you have the time, even just going to Alum Cave was an adventure

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It's brutal but worth it.

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Brian Johnson reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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I completed this solo hike on 9-13-20. I had a late start arriving at the trailhead at 5pm prepared for night hiking on the way back down. Like most trails in GSMNP, it’s well maintained and the rock formations of alum cave and arch rock help add interest along the way to Mt. Leconte. Unfortunately, my goal of viewing sundown at the Cliff Rocks was undone by the rainstorms that came thru earlier leaving a thick mist on much of the mountain. I still enjoyed the hike (kind of felt like I was living in a Stephen King movie). I reached the peak in just over two hours, and after a short break, I headed down the mountain in the dark. This was my first night hike, and it went smoothly. Overall, I completed the hike in 4.5 hours at a quicker than normal pace considering the late start.

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Patrick Kempf reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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Angelica Heggem reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
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Hiked up 9/10. Trail had four summer attributes; dry, mud, fog and slick in spots. Tremendous views of the Great Smokies. Gorgeous streams with many small waterfalls. Arch Rock was a real blast to walk through. Alum Cave was awesome yet crowded. The trail was strenuous at times and I did use the cables on some of the wet rocks. Poles came in handy! Water was available at the Lodge. The Lodge & Myrtle Point can get crowded. The gift shop opens at noon selling sandwiches, hats and t-shirts. I recorded 12.5 miles RT

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