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Twin Creeks, Tennessee Map

Beautiful views and rock features with a nice stream to start. I climbed in March and made it about 0.5 mile past the bluff. I have a healthy fear of falling and one ledge was solid ice. Even with the metal rope hold it was too much for me. The path was icy after and I only had on trail runners, no spikes, so I called it quits. I saw a lot of young people hiking in regular sneakers. I’d highly advise against this and recommend spikes for cold months. Also carry lighting in case you don’t make it back before dark. If there are icicles at the bluff do NOT stop under them. They will fall and the large ones have the capability to seriously injure people. Looking up isn’t safer. Just put your head down and run under the bluff.

Need to work up to this one! Much harder than I anticipated, granted it was also day 3 of hiking around the smokey's. I only made it about .5 miles past Arch Rock. Will definitely be attempting again!

2 days ago

Very gratifying hike. We started at rainbow falls trailhead so the trip was a bit longer. VERY MUDDY. 3-6 creeks to walk through depending where you start.

Had to climb over a few fallen trees at one point but a beautiful waterfall at the end you could walk behind. Not too crowded. Icicles fall from the top of the waterfall so be careful!

Very worth it and would do this hike again.

This was a pretty cool hike. We went in March of 2018, so the road to get to the trailhead was closed for the season. But you can easily park at the rainbow falls trailhead and walk the rest of the way. It’s 2.0 miles to the trailhead and the trail itself is 1.4 miles long. The terrain of the trail was pretty rocky and rooty. We left out at about ten in the morning and didn’t encounter anyone on the way there, but encountered 3 or 4 groups on the way back. Once we got there, there were some nice photo ops from behind the waterfall.

this is a trail i love. great views and family friendly. just watch the children at the narrow parts of the trail where the cables are. Alum Cave Bluff is a great place to eat lunch and watch the chipmunks scavenge. its not real hard. mostly a gradual ascent.

STRAVA app tracked 11.0 miles from trail head parking lot to the lodge area and back down. We wanted to do the extra 0.3 miles to the summit but we were completely worn out (in a good way!) Being from the Midwest, I am not acclimated to the higher elevation so this trail made me out of breath toward the top, but the terrain is not very difficult. Had a great time!! Took our group of 6 people exactly 7 hours to complete - slow and steady with lots of stops for pictures.

Hiked up last May (2017) and spent two nights at the lodge. Spent the full day exploring the three peaks of LeConte. Hike up was pretty difficult, but I'm 72 and had a 40 pound pack. Hike down was easy, but I was already thinking about doing it again.

We’ve done this trail twice we love it!!!

Beautiful hike. Probably my favorite in the Smokies. It is difficult but totally worth it. There are many great views all along the way.

We did this trail on the rainy afternoon of Feb 28th (up to Alum Cave Bluffs and back down). This trail deserves the “hard” rating as it is uphill and pretty steep at times. I was pretty winded at parts past Arch Rock (but it was our second hike of the day). It is well maintained with built in steps and stairs to assist you in the especially steep portions. It offers fun terrain to navigate (rock formations and flat log bridges for creek crossing) and some breath taking views! I loved the portion we completed and plan to return to camp at Mount LeConte!

This hike was so much fun! It was a little challenging at some points but man is that an awesome view! Don’t be intimidated by the elevation change and the 10 miles it’s not as bad as you think. If you are in the mood for a good day trip that has a bit of a challenge but a great reward this hike is for you! Bring plenty of water snacks and some durable shoes because some parts get a little rocky.

Wonderful views at every turn and a beautiful pine forest on the summit.

Beautiful hike. Plenty to see along the way and breath taking views at the top.

I think it’s rated difficult more for the distance. It slowly ascends for the first half up 5 miles but it’s never super steep. Steepest part is probably around 2.4 miles up these stairs to this cool overhang section. We did the 10.3 miles (my watch had more like 11.5 but totally could be off) with 2 adults and a light pack in 3:36 - stopping for lunch pee breaks and some photos :) we did jog on the way back a bit. Trail was super beautiful with stream next to It half the time and then very cool changes in scenery and terrain up to Le Conte camp. We were expecting the end to be a mountain head but It seemed to be about 5.5 miles up to Le Conte lodge and from there you could take a myriad of other trails, so we assumed that was roughly the turning point. We went when It was about 50 so super enjoyable and not slippery. I could see this being scary and dangerous when icy. Overall highly recommend !

Great easy trail. The road to the trail head was closed so we got some extra steps in.

One of my new favorite trails. Followed a stream at first. The cave and the bluffs are rest cool. Past that the trail becomes narrow and a little more difficult with great cable railings and awesome scenes throughout the entire hike. I hiked in about 6 inches of snow and a bunch of ice end it still was amazing. Slightly dicey at times. Amazing!!! Great workout too with a full pack.

Highlight of the smokys

Beautiful hike!

This is a fun easy hike kid friendly. My 8 yr old son and I enjoyed this hike. He walked behind the Falls. There was plenty people around. Parking was terrible.

Absolutely gorgeous views, the best I’ve seen.

easy and beautiful

It was hard, but we loved it... can't wait to do again this year

Great demanding trail especially with the ice. Amazing views all through out the entire trip. Excited to see what Spring brings.

excellent and beautiful classic smoky mountains hike..

Awesome hike. Hiked down from LeConte shelter to the cave and back up again to stay the night in the shelter. Very icy in places. Spikes were a must!

1 month ago

Wonderful hike! we hiked this trail on our new years this year and loved every minute of it. Something to see around every turn. We where even lucky enough to enjoy a light dusting of snow on our hike.

Super icy and somewhat dangerous at times with the ice on the cliff side. Bring hiking crampons if you plan to summit. Anything past the bluffs start to become hard without some-type of grip and the last 1-1.5 hours would be near impossible without a huge struggle. Hiked it in about 6 with stops and rest. However, its well worth the it.

Did it today, was very icy still at top need micro spike to make it to Leconte
Took us 7 hours
Not bad hike I rate as moderate, then last mile is tough otherwise was not bad
Great views whole way

One of
The best hikes I’ve ever done in my life

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