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Second time visiting this very special lodge. We found the lodge in much the same way it was over 25 years ago. Hot chocolate and coffee in the dining hall. Welcoming to day hikers and overnight guests. The meals were nutritious and tasty. The staff...More
My brother and I are in decent shape and hike frequently. We have hiked the mountain many times over the years and visited the Lodge as day hikers. The opportunity came up to spend a night at LeConte Lodge and we didn’t hesitate. The Lodge...More
My extended family were fortunate enough to win the "reservation lottery" and reserved 12 spots at Leconte Lodge. The lodge is situated on the top of one of the highest mountains on the eastern seaboard (almost 6600') in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. You...More
We introduced our two-year old granddaughter to the magic of LeConte Lodge atop Mt. LeConte. This was our eighth or so trip over the years, and it only gets better with each hike up. The cabins are clean and warm. The beds are comfy with...More
Hi. We stayed at LeConte Lodge on April 18 this year. The locations is superb with great views of the nearby mountains. Rooms are heated. Private rooms for guests.
The trails on the way in and out are very managable and well maintained.
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We hiked up Trillium Gap Trail in hopes to see the llamas (turned out there had been a fallen tree, so they turned them around and we missed them). It is the longest way up, but, I would say one of the least crowded ways... More
We hiked up Trillium Gap Trail in hopes to see the llamas (turned out there had been a fallen tree, so they turned them around and we missed them). It is the longest way up, but, I would say one of the least crowded ways, except for the part that includes the Grotto Falls hike. However, we did the hike in April. We hiked down Rainbow Falls trail back to the Rainbow Falls parking lot area, and that trail was very scenic. We just wanted a different view each way. We also hiked the Alum Cave Trail to Alum Cave a different day, and it was nice but steep. The Alum Cave Trail is the shortest hike, which is likely why is the most popular. Parking was tight at that parking lot.
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.