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My husband and I just got back from another wonderful hike up to LeConte. This was our second visit and it was just as adventurous as the first. We can't say enough good things about the staff up there. They are very friendly and helpful...More
If you're looking for a high-mountain wilderness experience par excellence in the Great Smoky Mountains, this is it. LeConte Lodge has no vehicular access, so you spend a day hiking in and a day hiking out. We hiked in from Newfound Gap, but there are...More
Wonderful lodge only for those that hike to it. No electricity. Propane heat and lights. Real toilets. Family style delishish meals. They accommodated my gluten allergy. Beautiful views that are amazing in all seasons. I even saw two bears! The staff was very helpful. We...More
LeConte Lodge is one of only five hike-inns in the United States. That means...the only way you can stay there is to hike over five miles to the top of Mt. LeConte. If you love to hike, this is an unforgettable experience. There are several...More
A very special place to visit! The lodge has great history and is a great experience.
First you have to be in good shape to hike to this lodge. There are 5 different trials to get there. The longest is 8 miles which is Boulevard....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.