My wife and I hiked to LeConte Lodge last week via the Alum Cave trail. It was great. The Alum Cave trail is difficult but not terribly so. You definitely feel like you have accomplished something when you reach the lodge. The hike is beautiful - gorgeous views, mountain streams, all kinds of flora and fauna. The hike up was sunny and clear. The next day, on the way down, rainy and foggy. Both conditions offer a totally different perspective on the trail.
The people staffing the lodge were friendly and nice. Food was very good and satisfying. Rooms were comfortable and the beds large. We hiked a short distance up from the lodge to view the sunset. It was incredible. There were several people there and it was a very festive mood. When the sun finally sank below the horizon there was spontaneous clapping, it was that cool.
Breakfast the next day was a 8:00 am and was hearty and tasty. Saw a bear on the way down. When we yelled it ran thru the woods like a scared puppy. It was neat to see though. Even though climbing Alum Cave is fairly strenuous, coming down is a breeze.
We'll definitely do LeConte Lodge again.
- Also Known As:
- Leconte Hotel Great Smoky Mountains National Park