The second Thursday of every November, we take our yearly sojourn to Mt. LeConte, Tennessee. Pictures will be added from previous trips as I find them.
Trail: Alum Cave Trip # 27 – November 9 – 22, 2017 Trail: Alum Cave Trail Hiking Time Going Up: 3 hours 7 minutes Hiking Time Coming Down: 2 hours 15 minutes This year we decided to hike up and down Alum Cave Trail. Due to trail closures, we haven’t gotten to hike this trail … Continue reading Mt. LeConte, 2017
This year, it was just me and Phil. We left Thursday morning around 8:45 and drove through Maggie Valley, cut the corner on the parkway to the Oconoluftee Ranger Station going into the GSMNP. Wildfires were burning all around, but most of the s moke stayed below and south of us. You can see the … Continue reading Mt. LeConte
It was time for our official 2014 trek up Mt. LeConte. Phil’s brother-in-law was our guest this year. We chose to hike Alum Cave Trail. It was reportedly in the best shape and we hoped that it had minimal icy spots. The Thursday hike up was great. It was a warm sunny day in the … Continue reading Mt LeConte 2014
Our hike to the lodge at Mt. LeConte TN was one for the record books and will go down in Mt. LeConte Lore to be talked about for years to come. Phil and I have a standing yearly reservation for the Thursday and Friday nights the week of Veterans day in November. However, this was … Continue reading Howling Halloween
My ankle has improved so much, that we decided to put it to the test by day hiking Alum Cave Trail all the way to LeConte Lodge and back. The total distance hiked was 11 miles. Total elevation gain is approximately 2560′. It gets a little steep in places. I would rate this trail … Continue reading Alum Cave
The annual trip to Mt. LeConte is logged into memory! Our guests this year included Bo and Kim! It was Kim’s first trip up the mountain and to the Smokies! This trip was full of “firsts!” We hiked up on Trillium. We ran into snow about 2.5 miles in. The higher we got, the deeper … Continue reading Mt. LeConte
It was my first time to hike Trillium. It’s a big closed in so the views are as great, but the creeks are pretty and the trail is nice. A juvenile bear made his presence known and had become quite a nuisance. The staff set a trap for him and we heard the trap trip … Continue reading Trillium Trail
Alum Cave Trail Our guests were my brother and two of his sons. The weather was crisp and sunny. The two youngsters enjoyed the dining hall the best, I think. They drank buckets of hot chocolate!
Phil’s brother in law, Dale hiked in with us this year. We hiked up Alum Cave trail. The weather was cool and foggy. We enjoyed a lot of lodge time and hot chocolate.
LeConte Trip with friends that had never been there! The weather was awesome. We hiked Alum Cave in and out. We also spent a lot of time with the Llamas. They are so soft but don’t care much for attention. And … they bite!
Distance: 5.4 Miles One Way Elevation Gain: 1685 Feet Starting from Light 8 in Gatlinburg, turn onto Historic Nature Trail / Airport Road. After driving 0.7 miles veer right onto Cherokee Orchard Road, upon which you’ll enter into Great Smoky Mountain National Park. After driving another 2.2 miles you’ll enter the one-way Cherokee Orchard … Continue reading LeConte Via Rainbow Falls Trail
We hiked Alum Cave in and out. My brother and his wife went with us and it was the first time we have ever taken a trip together. Phil had to sit on an inverted bucket the whole time, and he didn’t like that. I thought it was funny. Anyway. It was totally awesome.