Mount LeConte via Trillium Gap

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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For a trip to Mount LeConte, this route features wildflowers, a scenic waterfall, and views. You can’t go wrong with either hike. A feature of this hike is that it is wetter for much of the route, crossing numerous stream branches, and it is rife with verdancy. Another feature of Trillium Gap Trail is that it is the route used by the llama train to supply LeConte Lodge. The access road (Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail) is closed Dec 1–Mar 31. An alternate winter access route is to hike Trillium Gap Trail from the Rainbow Falls parking lot, but that access makes the hike 2.3 miles farther one-way, or 4.6 miles round-trip. If you wish to spend the night at LeConte Lodge on Mount LeConte’s summit, you’ll need to make reservations well ahead of time. The backcountry shelter on Mount LeConte also requires reservations, as do all other shelters in the park.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

For a trip to Mount LeConte, this route features wildflowers, a scenic waterfall, and views. You can’t go wrong with either hike. A feature of this hike is that it is wetter for much of the route, crossing numerous stream branches, and it is rife with verdancy.

Another feature of Trillium Gap Trail is that it is the route used by the llama train to supply LeConte Lodge. The access road (Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail) is closed Dec 1–Mar 31. An alternate winter access route is to hike Trillium Gap Trail from the Rainbow Falls parking lot, but that access makes the hike 2.3 miles farther one-way, or 4.6 miles round-trip. If you wish to spend the night at LeConte Lodge on Mount LeConte’s summit, you’ll need to make reservations well ahead of time. The backcountry shelter on Mount LeConte also requires reservations, as do all other shelters in the park.

© 2013 Kevin Adams/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Gatlinburg
Distance: 13.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 hours or Overnight
Season: Best season: Spring for the wildflowers
Features: Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Local Maps: Mount LeConte USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount LeConte via Trillium Gap

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