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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park
by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)
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This is really one of the best hikes the park has to offer. The way we did it was we parked our car at Newfound Gap and had some other friends that were going up and down Alum Cave to pick us up and Newfound Gap. We took Alum Cave up to the top of LeConte where the lodge is and came down The Boulevard. Both trails offer some amazing views of the park. If you are doing this in a day, I suggest an early start and bring a headlamp as well. Every bit of pain you will get from doing this trail is well worth it.
I've hiked Mt. LeConte every year for the last 15 years, utilizing all the trails (except Cherokee Orchard). The Boulevard is my all time favorite trail, not only in the Smokies, but of all the trails. It gives you a real flavor of the Smokies. Though I will admit, that I usual "pool" with other folks and run our own shuttle so that we can take one trail up, and another down. My favorite "down" trail...has to be Alum Cave, by making this loop you really see a little of all the Smokies have to offer.
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