We started out on Memorial Day of 2013 around 8:30 AM in what seemed to be a bad day for hiking. The sky was mostly cloudy, and it had just stopped raining. But we set out on our 6 mile hike up to Mt. LeConte.
We reached Alum Cave, and the weather had cleared up, and the sun was out. We started out in jackets and long pants and 2 hours into it, we were down to short sleeves.
The trail is a little rocky, slick, and steep at some places, and there were quite a few drop offs, that…well, if you slipped, you were back down to the parking lot…
Once we got near the top, you can see many of the trees have fallen down due to the high winds. The staff at the lodge and the National Park have to constantly cut trees to remove them from the trail.
We reached our cabin a little after lunch time, sat down and had a nice picnic, and enjoyed the views from the top.
This is the summit of Mt LeConte. There is no view from the summit, just a pile of rocks. I’m assuming the mountain is growing due to the rocks that are being stacked?
We arrived at Myrtle Point, which was breathtaking. The views are amazing. We relaxed on the rocks, closed our eyes, and did nothing.
You can tell how harsh the wind is by the trees that have no limbs on their right side. This is taken at Cliff Tops (the best place to watch the sunset) We enjoyed watching the sunset, and then went back to the cabin.