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The views, the trails, the food, everything was amazing. Such a great experience with my son and niece. Can't wait to do it again in a few years with the whole family! My son's favorite part was the endless hot chocolate! Even in the rain,...More
When you work hard to get somewhere, you tend to appreciate it more. The quality of service and amenities has not changed much over the years. The food is more than adequate, beds comfortable, and service appropriate. Definitely worth a stay but a bit overpriced.
I started at the Alum Trailhead - made my way to the summit in hopes of a cancellation. It was a shot in the dark worth taking. They were booked, but I still got to experience the area just the same.
LeConte Lodge: the only way to arrive is by foot on one of the five trails leading to it. If you have reservations to stay at the lodge (you HAVE to make them in advance) consider yourself lucky. The family-style dinner (roast beef, spiced apples,...More
The hike up Alum Cave to Lodge is spectacular! It’s not easy, but slow and steady wins the race! :)
Awaiting at hikes end is a hot and cot.
Meals (dinner & breakfast) are good, hot and served family style in the Dining Lodge. We...More
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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.