Mt. LeConte is one of the most popular hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mt. LeConte is the third highest peak in the Smoky Mountains and the sixth highest in the entire Appalachian chain.
Mount LeConte Overnight Hike links:
• 1001 Hikes to Mt. LeConte and Counting
• Great Smoky Mountains, Mt. LeConte - "The Great Smoky Mountains get more annual visitors than any other National Park in the U.S., but surprisingly most people never see the backcountry which has some of the most pristine wilderness in the Southeast. On this hike, we started at US 441 and climbed to the Mount Collins Shelter via the Husky Gap and Sugarland Mountain Trails. Once on the ridge, we followed the Appalachian Trail across Newfound Gap and up to the Boulevard Trail which crosses the summit of Mount LeConte at 6593 feet. There is both a shelter and clustering of commercial buildings available for rent on the mountain, and both Myrtle Point and High Top have spectacular views near the summit. The shortest decent from Mount LeConte is via the Alum Caves Trail, but this route takes the longer and more gradual decent along the Bullhead Trail. It intersects with the Two Mile Branch and Old Sugarlands Trails after 5.9 miles and these trails lead back to an overnight parking area at Sugarlands Visitor Center on US 441."
• Mount LeConte - "Eight, Four, Two Pole and Guest Marsh Wilkes set out from Two Pole's cabin early in the AM with the porch thermometer reading a balmy 0 degrees upon departure. Granny, Whiteman, Snowman, Bomber, Nena and Guest Laura Pounders had stayed the night in the limelight of Pigeon Forge and had enjoyed a warmer overnight temperature of around 9 degrees. We learn on the weather report that our destination for the night, Mount LeConte, had an overnight temperature of only -10 degrees and around 14 inches of snow. We also learn that all roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed due to the snow."
• Mount LeConte, summitpost.org - "Mt. LeConte is located within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At 6593 feet, it is the third highest peak in the park and the sixth highest in the whole Appalachian chain. The mountain rises abrubtly from east side of the French Broad River Valley in Tennessee approx. 30 miles south-east of Knoxville. The summit towers nearly a vertical mile above its western base near the busy tourist town of Gatlinburg. The mountain actually sits about 2 miles north of the main ridgeline of the Smokies, connected to Mt. Kephart by a ridge known as the Boulevard."