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You know the saying it the trip not the destination? Well for me and my five friends, this was a personal challenge to complete the hike, and the lodge was about the perfect finish. Sure it's rustic, but it fits with whole trip.
For more than 20 years I've ended my summer with a stay at the LeConte Lodge with a large group of friends -- it's a special place and I will continue to make the trek until my body one day gives out. The cabins come...More
Although I would much rather be posting a glowing review of a wonderful family adventure spent summiting and spending the night at Mount LeConte, I have instead been provoked into writing my first truly Terrible review for TripAdvisor. Thankfully it is my only Terrible review...More
Our three generation family experience was supposed to be a very memorable one for two nights at LeConte Lodge. What a disappointment. We hiked up the challenging Boulevard Trail with three children ages 2 to 8. The hike went fine but the atmosphere up top...More
Under great weather conditions, our group of 13 hiked up Mount LeConte on Sunday. We took the Alum Cave trail which is now only open on a very limited basis due to trail work this summer 2016. It was a five hour climb up, and...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.
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"Make no mistake - this is a very rustic lodge with bare necessities!! You carry in all your supplies except..."