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Myrtle Point and Mount LeConte via Alum Cave Trail

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Myrtle Point and Mount LeConte via Alum Cave Trail is a 13 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.

Length 13.0 mi Elevation gain 3,097 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Cave Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Scramble Snow No dogs
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This trail is marked hard but note that most of the incline isn’t steep. This is definitely doable for the casual hiker or someone who doesn't hike normally and wants a really good workout.

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Shawn Hornby
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Definitely hard but worth it!!

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Amanda Gaetano
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Vince Golamb
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Chelsea Weinberg
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Beautiful! Challenging but worth it!

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Toni Burgess
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Fun and tough. Everyone on the trail gave encouragement and the weather was perfect. Up up up. I would do it again!

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Tony Ackerman
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Danielle Drosnock
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Brian Langley
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Beautiful trail. Nice steady climb the whole way. Some very slippery rocks along the way. Very crowded so start early. We started at 8am and finished around 2:30

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Jeremy Rose
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Deanna Mayo
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Alec Chatham
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Cloudy on the day we went, but great hike!

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joe Poehlmann
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Started at parking lot towards Alum cave. Then to LeConte.View behind Mt Leconte lodge was fogged in. What a shock...NOT! Ive done Cliff top before(gorgeous) so i hiked to Myrtle Point. Gorgeous view also. There are a lot of loose rocks on the trail from Leconte Lodge to Myrtle Point. With light rain had to be careful Completed 14.4 miles

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Eddie Hyde
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Anthony Croteau
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Brian Smith
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Natalie P
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This is a tough one! Elevation UP, UP, UP! We chose not to go all the way up but Im sure its worthwhile. Completed 5.5 miles total.

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Danny Mistarz
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Danelle Geraci
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Beautiful scenery and great workout. Loved it.

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Kenny Nguyen
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Renae Martin
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Pretty awesome hike with excellent views. We arrived at 0720, a half hour before sunrise, and there was no parking. We parked along the road. This hike was BUSY! After many hikes on the Townsend side, this was a very different experience. This is a difficult hike, plan ahead and bring enough food and water for 6-9 hours of hiking. There are restrooms on the top, they are outhouse style, but what would you expect from a mountain top bathroom? They get the job done and there's even hand sanitizer in them! Myrtle point is busy, visit and backtrack to find a better lunch spot along the pine forest. The rocks on the trail can be very slippery, especially in the morning when they are more wet. Wear good hiking boots or trail runners. Hiking poles are definitely a good idea, along with a good fitting day pack. There were lots of hikers starting too late with little to no water, and no food.

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Evan Romero
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The trail is impressive, apparent (easy to follow/well marked), and very fun workout. The views are great, throughout practically the entire 12 miles of hiking. It is a very busy hike however, which is expected, but something to be cautious of. Would recommend to anyone who wants the ‘Smokies’ experience.

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Lorie Chambers
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Haley Bovard
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Bruno Costa
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The trail starts easy, some things to see at the beginning. The whole hike including a lunch break will easily take 6 hours. A light hiking boot recommended (steep stairs and rock). Hiking sticks were very helpful. Be careful coming down. There was a fork on the trail I missed (it’s confusing) all trails warning and went a good mile the wrong way.

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Liyu Chen
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busy trail, but fun and has really nice view. We spent 8.5hr for the round trip. Prepare to get there early in the morning, we Arrived at 10am on Saturday and had to park along the road side about 0.5mile from the parking lot.

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Blake Shepherd
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Nathan Hokenson
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Alex Filipski
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Priscilla Rodriguez
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amazing trail. this is a steady but a bit strenuous hike. Be prepared with water but at the top by the cabins there is cold fresh spigot to refill. Views were phenomenal. definitely a busy trail though.

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