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Mount LeConte and Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls via Appalachian Trail

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mount LeConte and Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls via Appalachian Trail is a 31.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 31.7 mi Elevation gain 7,723 ft Route type Loop
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Cave Forest Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife
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Mathew Fiegleman
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I'm a man in his late 20s, physically in shape, not super athletic. Enjoy tough hikes. We hiked up Rainbow, had a beer at leConte lodge, kept on over the BLVD trail, got a spot in Icehouse Shelter, checked out Charles Bunion at sunset, next day we returned back early, got a morning coffee at the lodge, and then headed down Trilliam. This hike was TOUGH, but AMAZING. Several bears mid june. Gain up to LeConte was pretty darn tough! To get the most out of a weekend in the Smokes and for a really tough workout, I recommend this route. All parts were great

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Bethany Marie
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We hiked up Le Conte early in the morning and came to the Lodge. You need a reservation to stay at one of the shelters and they fill up very quickly on opening day. The people working up there were very informative. We were planning on back country camping but there really is no other place to stay than the shelters available at the summit of LeConte. It is very ridge like so not many makeshift sites. Gorgeous views and many misty snapshots.

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Bethany Marie
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Ryan Wiesman
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Kristi Nichols
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Rodney Wiford
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Melanie Moss
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Lisa Conard
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Thomas Barnett
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