Reviewed by O'Quigley on September 21, 2014
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Alum bluff trail, I'm sure you already know, is the shortest route to Mt. Leconte. Hiking up to the cave bluffs or continuing on to the lodge will provide many great vista's. If the sky is clear then you will even more spectacular views. The wonderful views and reaching lodge does come with a price. This trail is a moderate to strenuous hike. As with many of the traditional GSMNP trails lots of rocks and roots on the trail. There are a few areas along the trail in which one will need to use a steel cable for a hand hold because the trail will narrow with a steep drop off to the side of the trail. Mt. Leconte lodge is a great place to visit. The hot chocolate is out of this world good!!!!! Not to mention the scenery. Great trip. I believe next time we will go up trillium gap trail and hike down Alum Cave Bluffs trail, then catch a shuttle back to the car. Something to think about, two different trails in one day, it would be a bonus.
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