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My family set a goal of hiking the Trillium Trail to the LeConte Lodge this year, and we did it this past weekend. As a person who is not necessarily into camping or outdoor activities, I was surprised by the sense of community and hospitality...More
Definitely worth doing the hike to the lodge and staying the night. It's a bit pricey, and you have to book far in advance (or get on the wait list and hope someone cancels, which they did so we were able to make it), but...More
My girlfriend and I were fortunate enough to get off the waitlist at LeConte Lodge so we hiked up to the Lodge via Alum Cave Trail and stayed for 2 nights. We're used to camping so the Lodge was actually a more luxurious change of...More
Our family of five, including three children under 12 who are experienced hikers, decided to spend a couple of nights at the lodge in early spring.
Even though the cost per night for our family would be equal to staying a night at the Plaza...More
Entered the lottery for 5+ years, and this time we got a reservation because there was a cancellation. So excited before the trip and it was everything we hoped it would be. Took Rainbow Falls because Alum was closed. Snowed the whole way up, but...More
I agree with the comments made in this post. First, any hike made into any mountainous region needs real planning, not something based on someone's 20 year old memories. Picking a time to visit when the weather is totally... More
I agree with the comments made in this post. First, any hike made into any mountainous region needs real planning, not something based on someone's 20 year old memories. Picking a time to visit when the weather is totally unpredictable shows little foresight or understanding of what you can get into even over a few hours time with weather conditions (despite the writer's comments about hiking other world-wide locations). The rules are explicit and we were informed of the same no refund policy when we called and got a last minute reservation. Do I expect it to snow? Hopefully no, but I am smart enough to realize that I had best be prepared for cold weather shoukdnit happen, even in May. And if I can't get up the mountain? Well, call it life. Knowing what we know about Mt. Le Conte and having read a lot of information available on the Internet, this is not a walk in the park. Any "experienced" hiker would know that and this review sounds a lot like someone complaining and blaming others for their own poor planning and decisions.