Bullhead to the Pulpit is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length7.3 miElevation gain1,807 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyBackpackingHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningViewsNo dogs
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Nature tripsGreat!

Just four and a half years after the fires, it is amazing to see the recovery especially in the coves. Not so much higher up on the very exposed ridges. Fantastic views and gorgeous wildflowers.

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France Besson
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Not interesting

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Josh Ervin
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Great Trail ! Views all the way up! Worth the climb ! I started my recording halfway through ! A Nice Stream to cool off your feet at the end of the trail!

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Kevin Reid
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HikingGreat!

Great day on the trail. Few muddy spots but nothing troublesome. We only saw 5 people on the trail.

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Matt Meierkort
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Dan Waits
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Ryan Hagan
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Kelley Reymond
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Fantastic trail! Great views. They have cleared all the galled trees but one. Would definitely recommend. Only saw 3 people the whole time.

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Brett Fleischer
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Steady incline, most trees burnt out with no leaves. View at the top is still worth the hike.

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Cheyenne Favaro
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HikingRocky

Beautiful! If it’s rained around the time you go be prepared to walk through water and for some mud. Totally worth it though!

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Manda Bear
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Beautiful! Definitely want to go back and do the whole loop.

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Justin Pletzke
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HikingBlowdown

Hiked on March 11. Great views all the way to the Pulpit. it was great seeing new growth starting from the burned area. Not too tough. Definitely on the lower side of moderate.

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Mike Trimble
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HikingIcy

Hiked this on March 9th. Perfect day for a hike. Our plan was to hike up Bullhead to LeConte and then down Boulevard. Except for a good bit of blowdown, Bullhead was fantastic and the views were incredible. No haze, we could see forever. Boulevard was another matter though. We only made it about a mile down Boulevard before we had to turn around. Lots and lots of ice, in areas where you simply cannot go around it. So we went back up to LeConte and took Alum Cave a trail down. Zero complaints about Alum. It was exceptional as always.

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Effie Karriker
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HikingGreat!

The trail was beautiful. We got there around 8:30AM, and the entire hike we only saw one other couple on the trail. We felt like we were in a Disney movie walking through all the burned trees. It took us 2 hours to climb up, and 1 to climb down. The directions from all trails takes you to a further parking lot, but you can park at the Rainbow falls/ Bull Point parking lot (it’s the lot right before the lot it takes you too) and it will cut off at-least 1.25 miles off your total trip.

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Corey Ridenour
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Lots of fallen trees

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Mikhail Mukhin
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Tough hike to the summit, especially with 40lbs on your back. But the trail itself is very straightforward

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Paul Vandekamp
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This trail needs some TLC with a camp saw to clear quite a bit of fallen trees/limbs and logs. Beautiful views of Gatlinburg.

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Calvin McLaughlin
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Wow! Absolutely stunning views from the pulpit. Quite a few trees down today and a little mud/ice near the peak. Great challenge on a beautiful day!

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Jack Phallen
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I love love loved this hike! Incredible views in all directions. A nice workout but not so steep that it's unbearable. I'd consider myself a fast hiker and this took me about 2 hours to get to the top and 1 hour to get back down. It was a bit icey near the top as of 2/22/21 but it's easy to avoid. Would 100% recommend this hike!

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Charles Highland
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Amazing supah supah amazing

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Anna Askins-Dunn
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Fantastic hike with pretty intense elevation gain. Views at pulpit are stunning!

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Stephanie Wallace
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HikingGreat!

had a blast, went when there was about 2 inches of snow on the ground. started at 730 and made it to the top in about 2 and a half hours.

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rachel borashko
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Anna Efroymson
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great trail! wear good shoes, gets a little slick up towards the top.

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Stu McConnell
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Picked this trail on what turned out to be a beautiful day. Temps right around freezing when we started but we warmed up quickly once we began. There is a definite temperature difference between the shaded and sunny sides of the mountain so had gloves and beanie readily available to put on and take off. Passed some hikers on the way up warning us of icy trail conditions but we had traction devices available so continued on. Didn’t end up needing them as there was hard pack snow on the sides of the trail that provided great traction, even in my trail running shoes. There are several areas with trees across the trail but easily navigable even with a pack on. The last half mile or so was quite muddy and actually trickier than the icy section to walk through without slipping. Actual hiking boots may have helped there. The “pulpit” at the top is absolutely worth stopping and having snacks at, as well as for photos. Would definitely do this trail again.

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Carla Miller
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Love this trail, was beautiful today perfect weather and amazing views. Lots of trees across the trail very muddy and stream running down in places, making it lots of fun climbing over and around the trees.

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