Last fall Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a full-scale restoration project will begin on Alum Cave Trail later this spring. The Trails Forever crew will focus efforts on several targeted locations along the 5-mile trail to improve visitor safety and stabilize eroding trail sections. As a result, the restoration work will require temporary closures throughout the 2-year process. Unfortunately this means that the Alum Cave Trail and associated parking areas will be closed May 4th through November 19th in 2015, excluding federal holidays, on Monday mornings at 7:00 a.m. through Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. weekly.
While Alum Cave is the most popular trail leading up to Mt LeConte, there are five other routes worth checking out. This video from the Great Smoky Mountains Association highlights the other routes hikers can take to reach the summit of Mt. LeConte, the LeConte Lodge, and the Mt. LeConte Backcountry Shelter:
For more detailed information on the other routes leading to LeConte's summit, please visit the Boulevard Trail, Bullhead Trail, Rainbow Falls, Trillium Gap or Brushy Mountain Trail pages.