Up to Mt. LeConte

2 sunrise2

We had to get an early start for this eleven-mile trek, which we made easier by turning it into a full day’s hike. The trail up to Mt. LeConte is certainly rigorous, but the view at the top is reward enough (and made all the better by being hard won).  It’s the only trail that we repeated from last year, and it’s one I wouldn’t mind repeating each time we visit.  Here are some reasons why:

5 morning light forest

Morning light in the woods at the trailhead

4 stream

mini fauna

mini fauna

10 alum cave

Alum Cave–difficult to adequately capture without something like a fish-eye lens. Also featured: a rowdy group of college-aged students who did a good job frightening any potential bears away.

10 alum cave2

13 three trees

32 trail around the corner

15 jason & tree 2

16 pine needles

20 mountain meadow

21 blue and white flowers

Our destination (that rocky lip) in sight!

Our destination (that rocky lip) in sight!

24 trailside berries

The well-won view from the top

The well-won view from the top

25.1 laconte view

26 sofia at the top

proof of hikers past

proof of hikers past

31.1 girl in the water

I made it my goal this trip to have more pictures of the two of us. Thankfully there was someone here who (1) was willing to help and (2) recognized that we wanted to be shot with the landscape visible.

I made it my goal this trip to have more pictures of the two of us. Thankfully there was someone here who (1) was willing to help and (2) recognized that we wanted to be shot with the landscape visible.

 

 

By the way, should you be considering a trip to the Smokies in the near future, http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com is a fantastic resource when it comes to planning out hikes.

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