Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte

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Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte is a 10.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2824 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

no dogs

This trail begins with a mild incline along Alum Cave Creek and the Styx Branch. At 1.3 miles you will get to Arch Rock, one of the trail's prominent landmarks. The arch's interesting geological features were formed when wind and water eroded away the softer rock. The trail passes right under the natural arch making a great vantage point for photos. At the 2 mile mark you will arrive at Inspiration Point. From here, you will be rewarded with views of Little Duck Hawk Ridge and The Eye of the Needle, as well as Myrtle Point on Mt. LeConte. Past Alum Cave, at the peak of Mount LeConte is the LeConte Lodge where you can stay in one of the primitive cabins that are the only formal lodging in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. At the summit you can also purchase drinks and use the restroom. This is a popular trail, so you will likely be in the company of other hikers.

22 hours ago

Awesome trail!

2 days ago

The Trail was difficult and long, however if you stick it out you'll see some of the best views the park has to offer. Well worth the trip.

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6 days ago

great trail, though a bit crowded

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8 days ago

Incredible hike. Challenging but doable and lots to see both at the top along the way. It was quite crowded on a November Saturday so get to the trailhead early to park. You can refill water at the top. Be sure to go up the extra 1/4 mile to Cliff Top. Some ice on the rocks, use the cables.

8 days ago

Loved this trail! Varied scenery and a good workout. Very heavily trafficked. I was on the trail by 7:50am, and it was already well-populated. Wear layers that you can add/remove as needed for “standing still” temps vs. strenuous activity temps. Can’t wait to come back!

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10 days ago

First time up was foggy and rainy, but still worth it.

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11 days ago

This hike was awesome. Met a lot of people in the journey and helped extend some people’s journey even further. Will be doing it again to maybe stay at the leconte lodge on top and then jump trails from there. It will do a number on you.

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11 days ago

We had an awesome hike up to Alum, taking 1:15, recharge and up to Mt Leconte, total 3 hours to hike the whole thing. Leave early to find a parking spot, take cash for a t-shirt and lunch. Added bonus if you get to see the llamas.
Wonderful 1st time experience.

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