Mt LeConte 6/24/12

3:13 p.m. on July 11, 2012 (EDT)
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My husband and I spent two days in GSMNP a couple of weeks ago for our anniversary. On Sunday, we hiked to Clingman's Dome and Andrews Bald. On Monday, we wanted to do another short dayhike so that we could get back home in time to watch the Gamecocks in the College World Series National Championship (baseball), so we chose Alum Cave Bluffs.


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Bridge at trailhead


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Pretty Mountain Laurel


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Pretty creek crossing (one of many!)


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Creek waterfall :)


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From the trailhead to Arch Rock is a stroll! It is all covered and crosses several streams, not much uphill...very very nice! On the way back, later in the afternoon, it was awful because it was bombarded with tourists! I do know that GSMNP is the most tourist-popular NP, but I wish that some of them would learn trail ettiquite before just deciding to go out hiking! So annoying.


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Jay on the bridge at Arch Rock


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Inside Arch Rock 1.3 miles in.


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Little Duck Hawk Ridge from Inspiration Point 2 miles in


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Eye of the Needle (overgrown)


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Jay approaching Alum Cave Bluffs


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We could hear Peregrine falcons screeching here.


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There were a lot of squirrels at Alum Cave!

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Alum Cave is very hard to fit in a frame!

We had originally planned to stop here, but due to the Eye of the Needle being overgrown, I thought we had missed it, so I dragged Jay about another mile past the cave looking for it. Once we realized that we had done this, some fellow hikers convinced us that since we had gone that far that we might as well go on up to the top of LeConte, since we had already gone that far. It was PRETTY steep, but the trail was beautiful and when we finished, we really felt like we had accomplished something!


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4:21 p.m. on July 11, 2012 (EDT)
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CONTINUED!!


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Very exposed section of trail with knockout views!


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STEEP!


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ALMOST THERE!!!

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From the LeConte Lodge, it was .3 to our final destination, the Cliff Tops of LeConte
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 Sweet summit shot!


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(Iphone shot)


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What the Cliff Tops actually look like :)

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7:00 p.m. on July 11, 2012 (EDT)
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WOW! Delightfull report! Bet you are glad you went too far! Thanks for sharing!

8:23 p.m. on July 11, 2012 (EDT)
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Looks like a Beautiful hike! The photos are awesome,  I love the "what are you looking at?" squirrel pic.

8:13 a.m. on July 12, 2012 (EDT)
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Awesome trip A!

 

Did you explore Little Duck Hawk ridge far enough to find any signs or cables? Just curious if it was still off-limits.

12:36 a.m. on July 20, 2012 (EDT)
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Thanks for bringin back some great memories. Havn't made that hike in several years. Great report

9:53 a.m. on July 20, 2012 (EDT)
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I've never been up there. I'd love to visit the lodge in the winter :)

12:30 p.m. on July 24, 2012 (EDT)
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Thanks, everyone! :)

@Patman,

I looked, but never saw an opportunity to go out onto Little Duck Hawk Ridge :(

@Gonzan,

I bet it is beautiful in the winter! Make sure to take kahtoolas! Here is a great website to check out!

http://www.highonleconte.com/daily-posts.html

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