Hi! I have always wanted to try Mount Le Conte, but never had the guts to do it. I have done the small trails to prepare for the large ones. I decided to take on Mount Le Conte a few months back. I want to the nearest hiker shop for all my supplies. Asking the hiking shop about any advice hiking the trail is important. They advised me to have first aid, plenty of water, compass and light clothing. The guy told me to stay on the trail at all times and not wander off. Many people go missing every year for that reason. I also pack an extra pair of pants and shirt to change in case it rains really hard. They also advised me to bring along a friend for the hike. Partners in hiking are very important.
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Thanks Brigitte Grisanti
Some info on Mount Le Conte
Mount Le Conte (or LeConte) is a mountain in Sevier County, Tennessee located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At 6,593 ft (2,010 m) it is the third highest peak in the national park, behind Clingmans Dome (6,643 ft, 2,024 m) and Mount Guyot (6,621 ft, 2,018 m). However, from its immediate base to its highest peak, Mount Le Conte is the tallest mountain in Tennessee, rising 5,301 ft (1,616 m) from its base, near Gatlinburg, Tennessee (1,292 ft/394 m).
There are four subpeaks above 6,000 ft on the mountain (referred to as the LeConte massif): West Point (6,344 ft/1,934 m), High Top (6,593 ft/2,010 m), Cliff Tops (6,555 ft/1,998 m), and Myrtle Point (6,200 ft/1,890 m). In addition, Balsam Point (5,840+ ft/1,780+ m) serves as the dramatic west end of the massif. Additionally, the mountain is notable for having the highest inn providing lodging for visitors in the Eastern United States.