Mount LeConte via Rainbow Falls Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews

Mount LeConte via Rainbow Falls Trail is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.

14.1 miles
4035 feet
Out & Back



nature trips





wild flowers

no dogs

5 days ago

Hiked on 10/29 snowing all the way up. Took me 7 hours to reach the lodge. You will see some of the burn area at the beginning of trail and more as you go up. One of the longer trails to the lodge and challenging but beautiful views and waterfalls. Much better views than Trillium.

13 days ago

Beautiful hike, even in the winter. Trails were under maintenance but didn’t cause any problems.

29 days ago

We hiked Rainbow Falls to Mt. LeConte yesterday. Showed up at 8:15 am and signs were posted that the trail was closed due to repairs until next week. There was no blockade so we decided to head up anyway. There were several large tool boxes set along the trail for the first 2-3 Miles. We experienced dense fog and chilly temps. Sun broke through at the top and the lodge was still open. The fire damage was evident from previous years and when we returned via Rainbow Falls Trail, we ran into about 40 workers on the trail, breaking and moving rocks. When we got down to the parking lot blockades had been put up.

30 days ago

Hiked it on 10/29 in the first snow of the season. Couldn’t have had a better day. Incredible weather (if you like snow and a day long hike!)

3 months ago

4 months ago

We started up to LeConte via Rainbow Falls at about 8:45AM, was somewhat overcast but knew that wouldn't be a problem for views as this is a waterfall trail. It was hot and muggy and had rained hard the day before, so was a bit muddy too. The trail is a steady climb along a well-defined trail due to a lot of traffic up to the main falls. Luckily on a Sunday morning, sharing God's country on God's Day also provided light traffic. There were a few stream crossings and nice waterfalls plus a cool footbridge on our way to the main falls. We were pretty much the first to Rainbow and climbed up to walk under the falls at the top, and were coming back down as a small crowd was coming up. Of course, only a very few of those climbed the rest of the way to the top of LeConte and the trail went down to single track in spots. Also don't waste your time taking the Rocky Spur Overlook trail - it's completely overgrown with no views unless we missed it. If you have time to kill take it down from the upper side of the loop. From there you come to the junction with the Bullhead trail [which was closed due to repairs], take a left and you are on your way to the top! Don't forget to go past the lodge and take a short way along the Boulevard Trail to get to the true top of Mt. LeConte, which is a pile of rocks someone thought they could build to grow higher than that massive concrete structure on top of Clingman's Dome. Regardless, we added a couple of rocks. Great hike full of adventures, enjoy!