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:
Morning light in the woods at the trailhead
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.
Our destination (that rocky lip) in sight!
The well-won view from the top
proof of hikers past
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.