September 9, 2016
by Julie Dodd
The August Classic Hike of the Smokies included a special feature — an overnight at LeConte Lodge on Aug. 23.
The adventure started with the 26 hikers leaving their cars in the Alum Cave Trail parking lot and being taken by bus to the Rainbow Falls trailhead for the hike to Mt. Le Conte.
The group, led by master hiker Danny Bernstein, was joined by Jennifer Hale, an interpretive park ranger, who provided insights about the wildflowers and wildlife and Mt. Le Conte.
Once atop Mt. Le Conte, hikers enjoyed dinner in the dining hall and did the short hike to Cliff Tops to see the sunset.
The hike down the next day was via Alum Cave Trail. Tobias Miller and Eric Wood joined the hike and provided commentary on the trail restoration work being completed by the FOTS Trails Forever crew. This is the second year of trail work on Alum Cave.
The mileage for the Classic Hike =
6.7 miles for Rainbow Falls Trail
0.4 mile (roundtrip) on Cliff Tops
1.4 miles (roundtrip) for Myrtle Point
5.0 miles for Alum Cave Trail
for a total of 13.5 miles
To read more about the hike, visit Danny’s blog.
You can see more photos from the hike on the Friends of the Smokies Facebook page.
Two Classic Hikes are scheduled for September — September 13 to Mt. Cammerer and Sept. 27 the Deep Creek Loop. Register in advance for the hikes at hike.friendsofthesmokies.org
[For those who are wondering — There is a difference is the spacing for Mt. Le Conte and LeConte Lodge.]