Which cabin is that in the photo ? Being at the lodge in rainy / foggy times is especially appealing to me.
Planning on hiking Alum Cave on 10/22. In weather like todays how difficult is the trail?
Reading Keith's question about the difficulty of the Alum Cave Trail reminded me that personally I think it is the roughest of the five, but I also consider it one of the most spectacular trails in the Park; any trail in inclement weather can be tough, but then again it still depends on individual experiences and views; I've hiked every mile of trail in the Park, but the crew members at the lodge are certainly the ones with the best opinions on trail conditions to it. The latest I ever visited the lodge was Oct 31-Nov 1 and on Rainbow then there was some snow accumulation at the higher elevations, I believe beginning around 5K ft. Experience helps.
I find Alum to be less strenuous than Rainbow and I've been on all the ones to the lodge plus other trails in the park. Alum is certainly one of the prettiest. For some reason I find it more difficult prior to the bluffs than after the bluffs..maybe I just haven't got my cadence perfected until then. Keith, once you get to the Double Steps you only have about a mile to a mile and a half to go. Once you pass the bluffs there are a lot of quirky places but cable is provided for safety precautions. Enjoy your hike and stay at the Lodge. Its one of the best experiences life has to offer!
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