Experience an intimate overnight stay in the beautiful Smokey Mountains in a way that most people never be able to, without even having to hike up a tent!
A ski club favorite, trips to the summit of lovely Mt. LeConte in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN have quickly sold out for the last 20 years – so sign up right away or you will be left out! At 6500’ above sea level, the historic log cabin village atop LeConte is the highest lodge east of the Rocky Mountains, and is accessible only via five beautiful hiking trails. All five of the trails (approx. 3000 ft. elevation gain) to the lodge are not especially difficult if we take our time on this incredibly scenic hike. The mountain is especially famous for its beautiful sunrises and sunsets and frequent deer and bear sightings, so don’t forget your cameras!
The trip consists of basically two 5-7 mile day hikes with an overnight stay on the oil lit (and gas heated) cabins at the top of the mountain overnight. Make sure you bring someone you want to share a bed with! All the beds are queen size bunk beds (Double Occ per bed).. If you come on your own you may be sharing a queen size bed with someone you don't know!
A visit to LeConte Lodge, though always enjoyable, requires personal effort and a little sacrifice. A big part of the Lodge’s attraction is one’s sense of pride in reaching it, as there is no other available way but to hike up one of its five beautiful trails. The shortest of these, Alum Cave Trail, is about 5.5 miles long with about 2800’ of total vertical climb, and takes the typical hiker about 4 hours. Thousands of all ages over the years have proven that anyone in reasonably good health can complete this trek to the summit and back.
Trip includes: Overnight lodging in the historic furnished log cabins, hearty dinner and breakfast served in the quaint dining hall.
Sign up by October 1, 2012
$29 - No refunds after October 1, 2012 unless replaced