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Entered the lottery for 5+ years, and this time we got a reservation because there was a cancellation. So excited before the trip and it was everything we hoped it would be. Took Rainbow Falls because Alum was closed. Snowed the whole way up, but...More
Did not stay at the lodge, but the hike up was fantastic, we did take a short tour of the lodge, had the bag lunch, bought t-shirts , filled our water bottles.We actually got to see the llamas.The llamas bring up supplies three times a...More
We hiked the Alum Cave trail (5.2 mi) to the LeConte Lodge and the trail alone is worth the hike. Lots of changing scenery and great views. The spruce forest right before you get to the lodge invokes a feeling of an enchanted forest. What...More
The only way to get to the LeConte Lodge is by hiking one of 5 trails, two of which were closed when my group of 10 ascended. The lodge has a collection of small cabins that are very rustic but with nice beds and Woolrich...More
Our family stayed at LeConte Lodge. We hiked Trillium Gap- long and tough hike but we passed by the llamas on our way down. The food was good and was extremely pleasantly surprised how well they were able to accommodate my daughter's gluten issues. Unfortunately...More
I agree with the comments made in this post. First, any hike made into any mountainous region needs real planning, not something based on someone's 20 year old memories. Picking a time to visit when the weather is totally... More
I agree with the comments made in this post. First, any hike made into any mountainous region needs real planning, not something based on someone's 20 year old memories. Picking a time to visit when the weather is totally unpredictable shows little foresight or understanding of what you can get into even over a few hours time with weather conditions (despite the writer's comments about hiking other world-wide locations). The rules are explicit and we were informed of the same no refund policy when we called and got a last minute reservation. Do I expect it to snow? Hopefully no, but I am smart enough to realize that I had best be prepared for cold weather shoukdnit happen, even in May. And if I can't get up the mountain? Well, call it life. Knowing what we know about Mt. Le Conte and having read a lot of information available on the Internet, this is not a walk in the park. Any "experienced" hiker would know that and this review sounds a lot like someone complaining and blaming others for their own poor planning and decisions.