2019-10-13 08:30 GSMNP-004 Mt LeConte from Newfound Gap - Sun, Oct 13 2019

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2019-10-13 08:30 GSMNP-004 Mt LeConte from Newfound Gap

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Newfound Gap Parking Lot
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 13 2019  8:30 am >> Sun, Oct 13 2019 4:00 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Jul 1 2019 7:05 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Oct 12 2019 6:00 pm
Event Duration:Approx. 7.5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:17 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ron Jacobs
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


<<< Mt LeConte from Newfound Gap >>>

We will meet and start from the Newfound Gap parking lot. This is an out and back round trip hiking.

This trail is well known to be one of the most popular hiking routes in GSMNP. It goes through various geological formations and landscapes offering excellent views along our way to the summit of Mt. LeConte standing at 6,593 feet of elevation.

We’ll take the Appalachian Trail (AT) north bound(NB) for 2.7 miles, then turn left to take the Boulevard Trail for about 5.5 miles to reach Mt. LeConte. We’ll also follow some spur trail to Cliff Tops to enjoy its wide open views. The total out and back mileages will be about 17.5 miles with about 4400 feet of ascent.

This is a strenuous D6 event, those who do not have recent D6 experience will be moved to the waiting list.

If your experience is not from the club, please include it in a note, or email.


For those of you staying Saturday night in Gatlinburg, we will be meeting for breakfast at Crockett's Breakfast Camp at 7am for a hearty pre-hike meal... DELICIOUS!

Required Items to Bring:

Layers of clothing suitable for the season.

Good hiking boots/shoes.

Water, lunch/snacks.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.


Hiking poles


Rain gear just in case

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

1) Take I-85 North about 18 miles to Exit #113, I-985 North. (The Indian Trail Park/Ride Lot at Exit #101). 
2) Bear Left at I-85 Exit #113 onto I-985/ GA-365 North and follow it beyond Gainesville where it merges with US-441 North. (Merge point is about 45 miles north of the I-85 exit, near Cornelia, GA). 
3) Carefully follow the US-441 signs northward through Clayton GA, Franklin NC, Dillsboro NC, and Cherokee NC to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on your right at the southern entrance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (There are several turns along the way. Total distance along US-441 from its GA-365 junction near Cornelia is about 80 miles.) 

NOTE: In lieu of using the above simplified directions from NE Atlanta you can enter "Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 1194 Newfound Gap Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719" as your destination and use Google.com/Maps for detailed directions from any point of origin. 
4) Newfound Gap parking lot is about 16 miles beyond the Oconaluftee visitor center of GSMNP.


The carpool has been removed for this event since almost all participants will be staying the night in Gatlinburg.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.