Absolutely beautiful pictures!!
BRRRRR! I bet the most popular place on the mountain today is in the lodge around a stove!!! Nice pictures as well.
Beautiful photos. What are the red berries? I saw them hiking this weekend but cannot remember what they are.
We are coming November 12th, can't wait to see the Lodge again. This will be our second year. Coming up Rainbow, going down Bullhead
How do you work the parking hiking up one trail and down the other? We'll be there the week before and weren't sure if that was possible.
It depends. For Rainbow & Bullhead, you can ascend one and descend the other from the same parking lot. You can do Rainbow/Trillium as a loop if you are willing to do the extra mileage between the two at the bottom. Other combos require a car shuttle or other arrangements to be dropped off or picked up.
looking forward to our 1st trip Nov. 22.
This is a nice site. How does the crew operate their blog site without electricity ? Solar panels ? With the cold temperatures up high that could be problematic, eh !? I've never been up to the Lodge but will next spring I think; it'd be a good experience to stand at the Lodge on the very top of Mt. Leconte with such great views all around.
Can't tell if you're being funny or sarcastic!
They do have solar panels to allow them to have limited access to the "outside world". I also know from having read this blog from the beginning that there are times where the mountain is socked in with clouds for several days and the panels don't provide enough electricity to charge our modern devices.
Brad, I'm guessing you are from the west. For openers, the peak, High Top, is about 1/2 mile away and it is tree covered so one cannot stand in one place and see all around, but from various places the views are outstanding! The solar panels seem to be enough to keep little things humming all year long!
Thank you. So the Lodge isn't on top of Mt. Leconte ? Then what is the elevation of this "High Top" ? It's confusing to a flatlander from Oklahoma.
High Top is 6593'. The Lodge is around 6390'. This confusion is a pet peeve of mine that will not be resolved.
Hello up there. Anyway that you could keep the blog up to date so us valley dwellers could keep up with the mountain. Thanks
There is a service called Walk in the Woods which does shuttling. They have a site. Check it out to see their prices. I have never used them because the one time I wanted to they did not shuttle that early without charging extra. Three trails are in close proximity to each other..Trillium, Rainbow, and Bullhead so you could do 2 of those. The visitor center could certainly help you with planning which trails might be the most convenient and their location. Happy Hiking!
Will Alum Cave Bluff Trail be open Monday, October 31st? We will be hiking back down after overnight.
Check with the NPS web page for the Smokys. I believe Alum will be closed until November 17 (except for Fri/Sat/Sun).
I understand it will not. We will also be hiking back down on Monday and had thought about that option, too. Next time!
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