Rainbow Falls Trail to Mt. Leconte Lodge- Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

We originally wanted to hike the Trillium Gap Trail up Mt. Leconte but it was closed for the season. Concerned about the steepness of Alum Cave, we chose the Rainbow Falls Trail though the trail had dried up over the dry summer.

Once we got to the lodge, we were informed that Rainbow Falls is actually the hardest trail but you can’t say we weren’t challenged. You can read more about the trip in my Mount Leconte post so I’ll keep this short.

I’ll post the info for this trail below but reach out if you have questions!


Length: 6.5 miles to the lodge

Elevation gain: 4,002 feet

AllTrails: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/tennessee/mount-leconte-via-rainbow-falls-trail

Recommended gear: water, hiking poles


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