Ascent of Mount Le Conte-Cliff Top on 2006-06-22

Climber: Melanie Deare

Date:Thursday, June 22, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Le Conte-Cliff Top
    Elevation:6555 ft / 1997 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful trail that is deceptively easy at the beginning. I saw lots of people turning back when the going got steep, but it's entirely doable if you're in reasonable shape.
Wear good shoes that are built for hiking. Take lots of water. I drank three bottles of water on this trail and was thirsty by the time I got back to the trailhead. A few snacks might come in handy too. Other than that, be sure to have your camera handy. There are lots of little water cascades along the way and a great view of neighboring mountains, including an "eye of the needle," a sort of a window through a neighboring peak. Pretty cool. There are some big rocks to rest on, take in the view, and maybe even eat lunch. The chipmunks and squirrels will pester you for crusts of bread though.
Alum Cave is actually not a cave, but a big rock shelter that is a neat thing to see. All in all, a great trail and much more picturesque than Clingman's Dome, the Tennessee high point.
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