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Mount LeConte Lodge Tour

Highlights

  • Sweeping views from summits and ridges
  • 3rd highest and favorite Smokies peak
  • A wonderful, rustic backcountry lodge
  • One of the Park's most popular trails
  • Day hike on the Appalachian Trail
  • Best view of the "Jump Off" overlook

Description

Our Mount LeConte Lodge trek has it all: big views, mountain summits, rushing creeks, diverse forests, and amazing history. This diversity makes it one of our most popular Appalachian mountain adventures. This trip also includes hiking on some of the Park's best trails and most scenic areas. We spend 2 nights in the amazing and rustic Mount LeConte Lodge, where we'll soak up sweeping Appalachian views and relax in cozy accommodations!
Our adventure begins on the shortest and most spectacular trail to the Mount LeConte summit, the Alum Cave Trail. We'll hike through old growth forests, along a beautiful mountain creek, and past fantastic geological highlights on our way to the prized LeConte summit. After arriving at Mount LeConte Lodge, the Park's only backcountry lodge, we'll move into our cabins and get settled before enjoying dinner at the lodge. After our tasty mountain top dinner, we'll soak up some spectacular mountain views from the "Cliff Tops" overlook near sunset. The next morning we'll hike down the Trillium Gap trail to the summit of Brushy Mountain. If we're lucky we may pass the llama train that supplies LeConte Lodge. On our last day we descend the Boulevard Trail and meet up with the famed Appalachian Trail, where we'll enjoy some of the most spectacular views in the Park with a short side hike to Charlies Bunion, an iconic Smokies landmark, before ending at historic Newfound Gap. After lunch we'll visit the highest peak in the park, Clingman's Dome, on our scenic shuttle ride back to Asheville.
Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more or book your spot today!
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.

 

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to the Smokies: 2-hour drive from Asheville
Hiking Mileage: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 2600 feet
Accommodations: Mount LeConte Lodge


This inn-based Great Smoky Mountains hiking tour begins on a spectacular trail, which follows a beautiful, rushing creek into the mountains. After the trail leaves the creek we climb to the famous Arch Rock and Alum Cave Bluffs - 2 fantastic landmarks and vantage points - where you'll enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your guide. After lunch we'll continue our trek to the Mount LeConte Lodge and the mountain's spectacular summit. We'll soak up endless views of the Smokies and enjoy a hearty meal at the lodge. With any luck at all, we'll cap the day off with a wonderful sunset (don't forget your camera!) before settling into our cozy cabin(s) for the night while the outside temperature plummets and we enjoy some much-deserved rest.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
Elevation Loss/Gain: 1700 feet
Accommodations: Mount LeConte Lodge


On day 2 we'll get you up early if you'd like to watch the sunrise at "Myrtle Point", something we highly recommend. We'll sit down for a delicious Appalachian breakfast at LeConte Lodge before hiking out across the Mt. LeConte ridge and setting off on today's adventure. Along a quiet, seldom-used trail we'll enjoy the amazingly diverse vegetation and big views the Smoky Mountains are famous for. We'll reach Trillium Gap and the summit of Brushy Mountain for a picnic lunch in a spectacular setting. After lunch, we'll head back up to the LeConte Lodge where again we'll be rewarded with another excellent dinner, amazing sunset, and cozy night's sleep at the lodge.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
Elevation Loss: 1080 feet
Shuttle to Asheville: 2-hour drive to Asheville


On our last day we'll enjoy one more breakfast at the lodge before descending the Boulevard Trail to the Appalachian Trail. A short side hike up to the "Jump Off" overlook will give us sweeping views of the surrounding area and Charlies Bunion. Today's lunch will be at the historic Mountain Farm Musuem and Visitors center, where we have an excellent chance of seeing elk. We'll enjoy our lunch, explore the museum, and finally we'll reflect on our unforgettable Smokies adventure while shuttling back to Asheville and the end of our trip.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 2 nights of lodging at Mount LeConte Lodge
  • Dinners at the lodge dining hall
  • Breakfasts, picnic lunches prepared by your guide, and trail snacks
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Great Smoky Mountains hiking guide
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour originating and concluding in Asheville, NC
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This tour features a combination of lodge meals and meals prepared by your guide. We provide breakfasts and lunches for the trip. For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee. Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent, lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group at the Holiday Inn in downtown Asheville (standard rooms are $99-$140 for our guests, 828-225-5550) for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. We're happy to give you a ride to this meeting if you're not staying at the Holiday Inn. Your guide will then pick you up the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Great Smoky Mountains Tours your guide can meet you at any hotel in Asheville at an agreed upon time.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 6 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on Smoky Mountains hiking tours is 5 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum group size of 6 guests and 1 or 2 guides If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in the Great Smoky Mountains

The weather in the Great Smoky Mountains varies greatly by time of year. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures in for low elevations in the Great Smoky Mountains:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
Low Elev
High Elev
 
 
hi
low
hi
low
 
 
January
51°
28°
35°
19°
 
 
February
54°
29°
35°
18°
 
 
March
61°
34°
39°
24°
 
 
April
71°
42°
49°
34°
 
 
May
79°
50°
57°
43°
 
 
June
86°
58°
63°
49°
 
 
July
88°
59°
65°
53°
 
 
August
87°
60°
64°
52°
 
 
September
83°
55°
60°
47°
 
 
October
73°
43°
53°
38°
 
 
November
61°
33°
42°
28°
 
 
December
52°
28°
37°
21°