The Mount LeConte Hiking Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mount LeConte is the third highest peak in the park, which means the views are amazing. There are a ton of great hikes in The Smokies but this one remains one of my favorites. It was challenging and the longest hike that I have completed (so far). This hike definitely needs to be on your bucket list!
The Mount LeConte Hiking Trails
There are five different trails you can take to get to Mount LeConte: Alum Cave Trail, The Boulevard Trail, Bullhead Trail, Rainbow Falls Trail, and Trillium Gap Trail. (You can find detailed information about these trails here.) We opted for the shortest trail by going up and back down the Alum Cave Trail, totaling 11 miles round trip. Many hikers will also book a night or two at the LeConte Lodge, located at the summit of Mount LeConte. If interested, you must apply through a lottery system to reserve your night at the lodge.
View of the mountains on the way up to Alum Cave
Day hikes are more my thing. I like to get to the trail early before it gets too hot and crowded. This hike took around 6 hours to complete, mostly due to hanging out at the top for an hour or so before taking the descent down the mountain. If 11 miles is too much of a hike for you, the Alum Cave hike is really enjoyable as well, and is only 4.4 miles roundtrip. I thought the hike overall was moderate and can be completed by anyone who is used to hiking or in good physical condition.
Photos From The Mount LeConte Hiking Trail
Pretty trail flowers
Mt LeConte Sign
Rocks at the top of Mount LeConte
Mountain Views from Mount LeConte
More Mountain Views from Mount LeConte
Me & Kyle – One of my favorite pictures of us!
The Mount LeConte Lodge
The Mount LeConte Lodge is really awesome.
The Lodge has snacks and drinks you can purchase inside. They also have bathrooms. Well, not really bathrooms, more like a porta-potty, but it is better than nothing. They have a small office where you can purchase merchandise, sign the guest book, or just hang out for a little while. From the Lodge it is a short walk up to the overlook, where you can see amazing views of the mountains.
This hike is definitely worth it! It’s one that I am planning to hike again.
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The Grotto Falls Hiking Trail is part of the Trillium Gap Trail, one of the trails that leads to Mount LeConte! (This is an easy, family-friendly hike.)
The Ramsey Cascades Hiking Trail is an 8 mile hike with an impressive waterfall. Another one of my favorites.