Sharilyn, Mary, and Alan at the start of our hike.
Bill, Sharilyn, and Mary at the start of our hike.
Taking a break for a Kodak Moment
Alan, Bill, and Sharilyn at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Boulevard Trail. We hiked on the Appalachian Trail for 2.7 miles and then took the Boulevard Trail for 5.3 miles to the top of Mt. LeConte. We left the trail head at 9:00 AM, arriving at the top at 4:00 PM. The Boulevard trail had a lot of up and down – we had over 5000 total feet of climbing.
At this point near the top, the trail crosses an area where there was a major landslide in 1993 leaving a very narrow trail with a steep drop-off.
Alan and Mary nearing the top.
Alan and Mary along the trail. It was important to remember to not step back.
Bill and Sharilyn with the mountains in the background
The office at LeConte Lodge
Inside the cabin at the top of the mountain – no electricity. The cabin was very comfortable, but small.
Looking at our cabin from the porch of LeConte Lodge.
This was our cabin. We were given a bucket to fetch water for washing up. It was recommended that any food in your pack be stored in a metal trash can in the office due to mice. There had been a lot of bear activity in the area so we were warned to always leave the cabin door closed and to not leave packs, etc. outside. The previous day, someone walked away leaving their cabin door open and a bear went in looking for food.
The path past the cabins.
The next morning, we got up at 6:00 AM and hiked a mile to get these sunrise pictures.
Notice the fog coming in from below to the right. About a minute after the sun was fully up, the fog covered the mountain.
The dining hall had no electricity. Oil lamps on the tables and the skylights provided illumination. We were served a very good hot supper and hot breakfast.
Steps down to the dining hall.
We took the 6-mile Alum Cave Bluffs Trail down, a steeper and more treacherous route than the trail up. In many places such as this, the trail was narrow with a steep drop-off, often with cable bolted into the mountain to hold onto.
Mary on the Alum Cave Bluffs Trail
Sharp ridge on adjacent mountain