Mount LeConte Lodge
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
April 5-8, 2018
Trip Leaders: Cindy Durr and Bette Hanna
Type of Trip: Hiking
Cancellation Date and full payment: March 6, 2018
Maximum number: 10
Minimum number: 10
Wilderness Level: 3
Difficulty: Rugged 6-8 mile/one way, 1700-4000 elevation gain
Join us for a wonderful weekend trip to the Smoky Mountain National Park with a hike up to the Mt LeConte Lodge for an overnight stay. We will leave Thursday morning from Indianapolis and drive to Gatlingburg, where we will stay at a hotel at the edge of the park. Friday morning we will take one of 5 trails up to the Lodge where we have a 2 Bedroom cabin reserved for the 10 of us. If we are lucky we will get to see the llama caravan which brings all of the food and supplies to the lodge three times weekly. After hiking down the mountain Saturday morning, we will have time to hike in the afternoon before heading back into Gatlinburg. After an early drive thru Cades Cove for some wildlife viewing, we will head home to Indianapolis.
The Lodge is located at an elevation of 6953 ft. Depending on the trail you select, the elevation gain is anywhere from 1700 to 4000 ft gain over 5 to 8.2 miles. You will be required to each have a pair of Yak Trax as there will be ice/snow on the trail at the top.
This is an iconic trip for many, and once you have been to the Lodge, you will want to return over and over again