Myrtle Point and Mount LeConte via Alum Cave Trail

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Myrtle Point and Mount LeConte via Alum Cave Trail is a 11.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 11.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3,097 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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rocky
15 days ago

Great trail. Definitely rated hard for a reason. Great views from the top and worth the hike to see them. Biting bugs at the end of the tail at Myrtle Point. Trail was nice and maintained till the end and pretty wide at most parts. Babbling brooks and gentle waterfalls\creeks throughout.

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rocky
17 days ago

Moderate for someone who has done hiking before, would rate hard for someone trying their first time. The lodge is neat, but hours for the office and dining are not designed for early risers. Definitely recommend going to Myrtle point if you’ve already made it to Leconte. Give yourself enough time!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a gorgeous hike with lots of great views! It had a steady incline the entire way and it was extremely well marked and worn in. I would recommend hiking past Mt Le Conte at the end to Myrtle Point (about another 1/4 mile); it had a better view and was a perfect, unpopulated place to eat lunch.

Up to Arch Rock was an easy beautiful waterside shaded hike worth repeating as often as possible. Beyond to Alum Cave is good/ interesting with greater difficulty. To top is very good. Trip to top can be done in 2.5 hrs if hustling, but 3.5-4 is reasonable if in fair shape, fairly good pace and comfortable stops.

hiking
2 months ago

pretty well maintained good trail. ropes present in mostly difficult position making hike pretty straightforward compared to adirondacks in new york. The only challenging thing was sudden outbursts of rain and occasional sightings of black bear like ghost. There is a lodge near summit. what else you want after a climb to a mountain than a hot sip of coffee with bagel. yes you get to enjoy that thanks to the delivery by llamas.

hiking
2 months ago

Anyone going to Mt LeConte should check out both cliff tops and Myrtle point. Myrtle Point is one of the top places to watch the sunrise.

hiking
2 months ago

If you’re going to go all the way out to Mount Lecont you be foolish not to walk the extra mile to myrtle point. It offers a fantastic unobstructed view of the smoky mountains.

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rocky
5 months ago

Loved this trail! Hiking to Myrtles Point is a must but beware that 0.7 mile treck out is one of the hardest parts of the entire hike. Well worth it! Please be prepared for the rapid weather changes at the peak during the colder season, passed many ill prepared. I actually logged 13.5 miles with this hike and was done in 6 hrs. Started at sunrise when the trail is more secluded. Highly suggest this time, it gets crowded on the descent.

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent hike. The view from Myrtle point makes the hike up LeConte worth it!

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10 months ago

11 months ago

Amazing trail. You get walk over several log bridges over the stream, have a snack under the bluffs, and begin the strenuous trek towards LaConte. Lots of great views along the way on cliffs. Once you reach LaConte, you'll find lodging, a store and dining cabin open until 4pm (at least in October.) The dining cabin has many places to relax and offers bottomless hot chocolate and coffee. Mount LaConte Peak is covered by trees and only noticeable through a large pile of rocks. You must keep heading towards Myrtle Point to get the rewarding view that this trail offers. Cliff Tops is also worth seeing, which is only around .03 miles from LaConte Lodge. It took around 7 hours altogether and the best trail I have been on.

hiking
11 months ago

this trail was very strenuous. ascending all the way to the top. it took my husband and I over 5 hours to get to myrtle point and 2 1/2 hours to get back down. now we did take quite a few much needed breaks on the way up but we barely stopped at all on the way down. it was exhausting but I'm glad I did it. very beautiful and incredible views. worth the hike if you can do it. start early. we started at 12:20 and ended up hiking back in the dark.

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