The Boulevard is a beautiful trail - one of the best in the Park. However, the last 1.5 miles all uphill is a killer, particularly since you have just hiked 6.5 miles from the Newfound Gap parking lot.
Bob, I'm a big fan of the Boulevard as well, especially if one does the out and back to the Jumpoff. It makes the trail! It really helps if that is done on a clearer day. You are right about the last 1.5 miles, it tends to reduce the desire to take in Myrtle Point, another awesome out and back. If the arrival is early enough, Myrtle Point is a must see!
The jumpoff i know about is on the appalachian trail going to charley bunion--is there another one?
Beautiful picture today! Rainbow Falls because of the rocks and constant uphill (best I remember....I was a little delirious! Ha!). It's the ONLY trail I've been on UP to the lodge. Went down Bullhead and loved it! Hiked about 2 miles of the Boulevard in May and loved it as well. Wish I knew that I could make it all the way to the lodge hiking the Boulevard. It's a trail I would love to hike. But, most likely will come up Trillium in October bc Alum will be closed. Have a good week! We are floating away around here!
I agree that the Boulevard is hard and LONG with wonderful overlooks but no water in enjoy along the way. The next would have to be rainbow because of the boulders you have to climb over. I have hiked all the trails and must say that what awaits at the end makes it all worth while.
going to the lodge, all the trails are great trails. not a big fan of bullhead though. 9 months out from knee replacement makes alum the toughest coming down. seems like the step downs are a lot more frequent and taller. cant just hop down and keep truckin, much slower.
Have hiked all the trail to LeConte except the Brushy Mountain spur. Loved Rainbow but that was back in my 30's and it wasn't difficult then...would be now that I'm 75. Don't remember a lot about Bullhead. Like Alum because of it being the shortest and a lot to see on the way. Trillium is ok until the last 1 1/2 to 2 miles and it seems to be straight up! My favorite is Boulevard and I have only been down it. I like the views and the serenity because it is not heavily traveled. My perspective is different from 25 years ago because of my age but I have to agree with Barrie B...what awaits at the top (LeConte) is worth the climb and I would add that what awaits me at the bottom (a steak at the Peddlar) is worth the trip too. Be doing this in September!!
I haven't done all the trails, but of the ones I have, The Boulevard is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Meaning...I don't ever want to do it again.
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