2 Day Backpacking Trips

2 DAYS 1 NIGHT

Over Leconte

ALUM CAVE TRAIL TO TRILLIUM GAP TRAIL

2 DAY TRIP
TOTAL TRIP MILEAGE: 11.5 MILES
MODERATE DIFFICULTY
AVERAGE MILEAGE PER DAY: 5.4 MILES
ELEVATION GAIN/ ELEVATION LOSS: 2700 GAIN, 3300 LOSS

HIGHLIGHTS

  • See an original Civil War era salt peter mine

  • View Peregrine Falcons diving after prey from Peregrine ridge

  • Spend the night in the highest shelter in Smoky Mountain National Park

  • Hike behind Grotto Falls

  • Lighter pack weight

DAY 1 - 5 MILES

We start our morning hiking up the Alum Cave Trail, one of the most varied and beautiful trails in Smoky Mountain National Park. Starting next to Alum Cave Creek we will break away and hike through Arch Rock to Peregrine Ridge. After taking a small break at Alum Cave Bluffs we begin our ascent to the top of Mount Leconte, the 3rd highest mountain in Smoky Mountain National Park at 6593 feet tall. Upon peaking out we will explore Leconte Lodge, the highest lodge east of the Mississippi River and view cliff top, the highest continuous drop in the park, 300 feet straight down.

DAY 2 - 6.5 MILES

Our day will be spent descending from the mountaintop, breathtaking views all around. The path we take to the bottom is the same route that the Leconte Llamas take to bring supplies up to the lodge. We will pass Twin Falls and Grotto Falls, the only waterfall you can literally hike behind in the National Park.

$450 PER PERSON

2 DAYS 1 NIGHT

DEEP CREEK SWIMMING HOLES

FORK RIDGE TO DEEP CREEK

2 DAY TRIP
TOTAL TRIP MILEAGE: 16.1 MILES
MODERATE TRIP DIFFICULTY
AVERAGE MILEAGE PER DAY: 8 MILES
ELEVATION GAIN/ ELEVATION LOSS: GAIN 500, LOSS 3900

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Short excursion into the backcountry

  • Expansive Views

  • One of the oldest trails in the park. Designed by R.P. White.

  • Some of the deepest swimming holes in the park

  • Waterfall views

DAY 1 - 9.4 MILES

We begin our descent from Clingmans dome road down Fork Ridge. All encompassing views the first day contrast perfectly with creekside camping and swimming holes the second.

DAY 2 - 6.7 MILES

After we break camp we begin our hike down Deep Creek. The is one of the oldest and broadest hiking trails in the park. Deep sinks allow for prime swimming and our low mileage today allows us to saunter and take our time as we drink in the refreshing sound of the creek. Near the end of our day on the trail we will see Juney Whank falls before heading back to town.

$450 PER PERSON