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Mt LeConte Lodge Cabin / Gatlinburg - Weekend Adventure

The Basics:
Event Type:Adventure
Event Location: Gatlinburg - Great Smoky Mountains National Park   Adventure: Mt LeConte Lodge Cabin / Gatlinburg - Weekend Adventure   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 25 2020  6:00 am >> Mon, Apr 27 2020 9:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 27 2020 7:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Feb 10 2020 8:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Days 15 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:25 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Tricia S.
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Member Cost:$186.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:4
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 15 / 1 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


ONE SPOT OPEN! Join us for a 3 day weekend Adventure in the Smoky Mountains with 15 awesome people! 

We have four, 4 person cabins reserved for Sunday night at the top of Mt LeConte, 6360’ above sea level. Saturday we will stay at Cross Roads Inn and Suites in Gatlinburg. You are in charge of making your room reservation at the Cross Roads Inn & Suites for Saturday night.  **We Suggest making this reservation ASAP as we expect hotels to fill fast on a Saturday in April**.

Reservations for LeConte Lodge are made 1 year out, go by a Lottery system and are extremely difficult to obtain. Each cabin is rustic and cozy! It will be complete opposite from what you will have Saturday night at the Hotel. While there is no electricity, kerosene lamps light your accommodations and propane heaters warm the cabins. A privy building with flush toilets is available, but there are no showers. Wash basins are standard in all lodging. Sunday night dinner and Monday morning breakfast is included and served family style.  

In each room there is a queen size set of bunk beds, with complete bedding. When you sign up, please put in your note if there is someone you would like to share a bed with (two per bed, 4 per cabin).  If you come on your own you may be sharing a double size bed with someone you don't know. 

We will be looking for Drivers with "all terrain" vehicles! We need at least 3 other drivers willing to get us there no matter what the weather throws at us, so we will give these people priority on the list. We have stayed up there before with last minute road closures.  This is end of April which means it still could be icy. We also ask that you have traction devices for shoes as well if needed. The ice can get very tricky that last 0.5 mile to the top. LeConte is very good about posting weather updates on their website. You can also look back on past years to see previous weather conditions these dates:  and Leconte Weather. The mountain is famous for its beautiful sunrises and sunsets, these are optional.


Plan to Hike Alum Cave 

Elevation gain 2853' in  5.5 miles (11 miles roundtrip)

This is the most picturesque and popular of the trails up the mountain, approaching from the south. In the chance that Newfound Gap Road is closed for ice and snow (as we have experienced in the past), Bull Head Trail would be an alternative as it enters from the West. Alum cave is located at only 2.2miles into the hike and is actually a rock shelter. The halfway point is Gracie's Pulpit at 2.6 miles and then following some ledges, water crossings and a Spruce-Fir forest, the trail merges with the Rainbow Falls trail at just over 5 miles before arriving at the Lodge. We will have lunch at the top of LeConte in the Dining Hall. Following the break and more water, we will head back down.

After the hike, check into the Hotel. You can lay low the rest of the night or you can choose to go into Gatlinburg. An optional Saturday night activity would be  Gatlinburg SkyBridge - it is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America and has glass bottom in the middle of the bridge. Tickets will be purchsed on your own - but do so in advance. This is located a .5 mile walk from the Hotel.

Meet at 8:00 am in Hotel Lobby, we will then caravan into the park.

Rainbow Falls Trail

Elevation 3,900' gain, 6.7 miles 
Dinner 6 pm in Dining Hall - Family Style
Sunset at Clifftops (Optional)

Sunrise at Myrtle Point (Optional)
Breakfast 8 am in Dining Hall - Family Style
Hike out after breakfast:

Trillium Trail (first choice)

Elevation 3,300' loss, 6.5 (really 8.5) miles - 

Pack Llamas also use this trail, weather permitting, three days a week, so this might be a really fun hike out. This only issue is that it will be an extra 2 miles to get back to the cars in the original parking lot.


Bullhead Trail

Elevation 3,820' loss, 7.2 mile

This trail is the option if the weather is bad and the llamas are not coming up the mountain on Monday. This hike rejoins the Rainbow Falls trail and would be a shorter hike back to the car as it shares a lot with our hike up on Sunday.

Before heading home may decide to drive to top of Clingmans Dome and walk the short bit up to the tower if its a clear day for photos.

***There is potential for parts of this event to be EXPLORATORY for either/both of your trip leaders, depending on any last minute changes***

THIS IS A WAITLIST ONLY EVENT. All registrants will initially be placed on the waitlist to be evaluated by the Trip Leaders prior to being moved to the attendee list. Drivers with all terrain vehicles will be added first.


Required Items to Bring:

Good hiking shoes or boots

Lunch For Sat & Sun



Layered Clothing

Rain Jacket/Warm Jacket

Change of clothes for ride home


Open-minded and positive attitude

Money for carpool driver

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

Wash Cloth or handtowel for Sunday night

Yaktrax, Kahtoola Microspikes or other shoe traction devices***

Money for activites in  Gatlinburg/Giftshop or Bottemless wine at dinner

Hiking Poles

Sleep sack or light sleeping bag if you are concerned about sharing a bed

Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper

Saturday Day pack for usual daily hike stuff and lunch/snacks

Hotel bag for Saturday evening clothes, toiletries, PJs and Sunday hike clothes

Larger pack for overnight at LeConte and include warm layers to watch sunset

Small (recycle a plastic grocery sack) bag with clean clothes/shoes for the ride home and that will hold your dirty clothes/shoes after you change.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will offer more directions/links to the first parking site for Saturdays hike as we get closer to the date and have more information about the weather, but we will all drive up together.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):442Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:00 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $176.80 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


*Itinerary is subject to change anytime at the discretion of the trip leader(s). FLEXIBILITY is the key, as weather can throw us curveballs.   Similar to our past experience here, we may have to change trails if there are road closures, but think of it as part of the adventure.

Anyone with a National Park Pass, feel free to bring one for the car - we have at least 1 already.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$186.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Overnight lodging (shared queen bunk bed with bedding) in the rustic 4 person log cabins. 
Family Style Dinner at 6 pm Sunday and breakfast at 8 am Monday.

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Mon, Feb 10 2020.
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

Full payment is due upon booking If you don't pay within 48 hours of being moved from the wait list to the active list, you will be moved back to the wait list.   

If you must cancel, there will be NO refund unless we replace you with someone from the waitlist and they pay in full.  At that time, you would receive refund less a $15 administrative fee.

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