Our final hike of our vacation was our longest. 12.5 miles. Since my parents were with us in Gatlinburg we'd had this idea prior to our vacation that we could hike up/down to Mount LeConte via two different trails. Dropped off at one trailhead in the morning and picked up at another at night.
When the day came to actually hike it though, we weren't sure we had 12.5 miles in us. For a way out, in case we needed one, we decided to start at the Rainbow Falls trail and see how far we got. That way, if we wanted to turn around at the falls we could. But, if we wanted to keep going to the top we could. The plan was to only turn back if we were miserable.
We made it to the Falls rather quickly and both had a lot of energy. So after 2.7 miles we made the decision to go almost 10 more miles to the top of Mount LeConte and then down the Alum Cave Trail where my parents would pick us up.
|Almost there - Rainbow Falls Trail|
|At the Clifftops on Mt LeConte|
|Cabins at LeConte Lodge|
|October 29 image via High on LeConte|
|October 30 image via High on LeConte|
And as an aside, here's a sneak peak at my current knitting project.