“Home of one of the most dangerous hiking trails in America”
Mount Le Conte (or LeConte) is a mountain in Sevier County, Tennessee located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At 6,593 ft it is the third highest peak in the national park, behind Clingmans Dome and Mount Guyot. It is also the highest peak that is completely within Tennessee. However, from its immediate base to its summit, Mount Le Conte is one of the highest peaks in the Appalachian Mountains rising 5,301 ft from its base, near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The steep inclines, steady supply of bears, and a buttload of disease-carrying bats make this particular trail one of the most dangerous in America, but it's beautiful views and mysterious caves have ensured that thrill-seekers continue to hike its paths.
I have hiked this mountain several times - up and down the same day!
Mount LeConte is considered the "Crest of the Smokies." It is usually covered in fog--hence the name of the park. however, if you can get a view on a clear day, you'll have an idea of how beautiful and dramatic it is.
Some things I learned from an awesome guide named Clayton with Smoky Mountain Guides:
From 5000 ft up is considered a temperate rainforest, while over 6000 ft it'll get over 100 inches of snow and transform into arctic.
There is a lodge up there--LeConte Lodge--but it is reserved for almost a year out. You can only get there by hiking in and out, but once there, you get three meals a day and all the wine you can drink in an hour.
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