At 6593 feet, Mount LeConte is the third highest peak in the Smokies. However, measured from its immediate base to its highest point, Mt. LeConte can be considered the tallest mountain in the Eastern United States, rising 5301 feet from its base near Gatlinburg. The Alum Cave Trail is unmatched in its combination of interesting geological features, history, high adventure and stunning views.
• Roundtrip Length: 11.0 Miles
• Total Elevation Gain: 2763 Feet
• Avg. Elev Gain / Mile: 502 Feet
• Highest Elevation: 6593 Feet
• Trail Difficulty Rating: Strenuous
Do not attempt this hike as your first hike back if you've been inactive for the winter season. This is a strenuous climb.
Trail Location: Newfound Gap Rd
Directions to Trailhead: From Cherokee, North Carolina to:
Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead – go north about 23 miles on Hwy 441, Newfound Gap Road past Newfound Gap Overlook parking area. The Alum Cave parking areas will be about 5 miles from Newfound Gap Overlook on your right.
Due to the popularity of the Alum Cave Trail, there are two parking lots for this trailhead. To ensure a spot, you may want to arrive early during peak season, or any nice weekend throughout the year.
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One of the unique things about the hike up to Mount LeConte is the lodge and overnight cabins at the top. Hikers have the option of spending the night in the historic cabins which can accommodate about 50 guests a night (you will need to make reservations well in advance). For more information you can visit the LeConte Lodge website.
Arrange Carpools in the forum below.
Due to the length/ascent of the hike and distance from Georgia, be sure to carpool with someone that can attest to the ability of the others in the carpool to complete this hike.
For safety reasons, RSVP roll-call will be taken before the hike and again at the top of the summit and walkie-talkies will be provided for the fastest and slowest of the group.
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