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We have hiked several day hikes to the lodge on Mt. LeConte and always wanted to stay the night. After 3 years of trying and one cancelled reservation we finally made it. Well worth the wait. A overall great experience. Great staff, great food. We...More
Hiking and spending time in the Smoky Mountains as often as possible are favorite past times of mine, so the opportunity to stay overnight in top of LeConte was a dream realized! My friend and I lucked out with securing reservations because someone else cancelled...More
I stayed at Leconte Lodge last week with my husband and son. This is a really cool place. We hiked up Bullhead which has great views - it was a bit cloudy but you could see really far since the trees haven't leafed out yet....More
Spent a night up here and just loved it. Took the Alum Cave Bluffs trail with a 10 and 7 year old. Took 4 hours up with lots of breaks, and under three hours down with less stops.
Loved our little cabin and crazy warm...More
I had called a mere few week earlier to book my reservation, but apparently I had gotten extremely lucky, as I later found out some people wait a year to stay at the lodge.
The lodge itself is everything you would expect, with a common...More
This is the most ridiculous review I have ever read. Hiking to Mt LeConte and staying in the lodge is an incredible experience. Any reasonable adult making reservations here would read the reservation policy and take the personal responsibility to understand the situation. The website clearly explains the policy and encourages you to consider travel insurance. It is a rustic lodge at the top of a mountain with few employees, not a resort with a customer service team!
27 September 2016|
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I agree with the comments made in this post. First, any hike made into any mountainous region needs real planning, not something based on someone's 20 year old memories. Picking a time to visit when the weather is totally... More
I agree with the comments made in this post. First, any hike made into any mountainous region needs real planning, not something based on someone's 20 year old memories. Picking a time to visit when the weather is totally unpredictable shows little foresight or understanding of what you can get into even over a few hours time with weather conditions (despite the writer's comments about hiking other world-wide locations). The rules are explicit and we were informed of the same no refund policy when we called and got a last minute reservation. Do I expect it to snow? Hopefully no, but I am smart enough to realize that I had best be prepared for cold weather shoukdnit happen, even in May. And if I can't get up the mountain? Well, call it life. Knowing what we know about Mt. Le Conte and having read a lot of information available on the Internet, this is not a walk in the park. Any "experienced" hiker would know that and this review sounds a lot like someone complaining and blaming others for their own poor planning and decisions.