Mt. LeConte, TN (7-14-05)
One of my favorite hikes in the Southern Appalachians. I left on a foggy July morning to beat the crowds. Unfortunately, the skies didn't clear as much as I hoped. This is a 12 mile round-tripper that gains over 2500 feet of elevation. It was also the first peak I bagged on the South Beyond 6000 list. Enjoy!!
Recently (2014) I made a return trip to LeConte armed with a better camera and on a somewhat clearer day...you can check it out HERE
Route Type: Out-and-back Difficulty: EXTREME
Hike Length: 13.6 miles Hike Duration: 6:30
Trailhead Temp: 70'F Trail Traffic: 100+ people
Min. Elevation: 3,800' Max Elevation: 6,593'
Total Vertical: 3,150' Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 463'
Trails Used (blaze color): Alum Cave Bluffs (unblazed), The Boulevard (unblazed), Rainbow Falls (unblazed)