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Mt. LeConte via Alum Cave Trail

In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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  • Distance: 11 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 2763′
  • Difficulty:  Strenuous

The Alum Cave Trail (also referred to as Alum Cave Bluff Trail) is an American hiking trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Sevier County, Tennessee. The trail ascends Mount Le Conte, the “tallest” (and sixth highest) mountain east of the Mississippi River and passes by many notable landmarks, such as Arch Rock, Inspiration Point, the Duckhawk Peaks, and Cliff Top, before merging with Rainbow Falls Trail near the summit.

The Alum Cave Trail is the shortest and steepest of the five trails leading to LeConte. Mt. LeConte contains four separate peaks in all, the highest of which has an elevation of 6,593 feet. Due to its short length and beautiful scenery (it is often considered Le Conte’s most scenic route) it is the most common footpath for hikers seeking to reach the summit of Le Conte. It is the preferred trail for families hiking with smaller children.

The entire trail is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trailhead is about 10 miles (16 km) from the town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, off Newfound Gap Road (U.S. Highway 441)

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Read more about the trail on Wikipedia.


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