Thursday, March 11, 2010

LeConte Lodge set to open March 22nd

The 2010 season for the LeConte Lodge is March 22 through November 23.

The Lodge sits atop Mt. LeConte and is accessible only by trail. Hikers can reach the summit and the Lodge via the Alum Cave, Rainbow Falls, Bullhead, Trillium Gap or Boulevard trails

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 865-429-5704 or e-mail

If you're hoping to stay at the Lodge this year, please note this statement from the LeConte Lodge website:

We began booking 2010 reservations on October 1, 2009. Most weekends are now booked for the 2010 season. Some weekday reservations are available with the exception of June, July, early August and October. E-mail inquiries may take up to 7 business days to receive a reply. If you need an immediate response, please call the reservation office number, 865-429-5704.

Also, don't forget, day hikers and backpackers can purchase a sit-down lunch in the lodge dining room by making reservations at least 48 hours in advance. You can call 865-429-5704 to reserve a spot. Lunch will be served from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm Eastern Time.

Day hikers also have the option of ordering a sack lunch to go, which does not require a reservation.

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