January Climb of Mt LeConte

January Climb of Mt LeConte


Mt. LeConte, Great Smoky Mountains

11 miles, 6,593 ft., Alum Cave Trail

January 11, 2015

Wes Chapman

 Jan LeConte Sunrise

LeConte at sunrise from the delightful Buckhorn Inn



Mt. LeConte in Mid-January

Last time we were here was July – the weather was hot, the town mobbed, traffic impossible and the calendar crowded with Highpointer events. January is a different deal. The mountain is frozen, the town empty – but somehow a lot more relaxed. We stayed again at the Buckhorn Inn, which was good the first time, and better the second.

I love winter hiking, and Martha came along which made it even better. Enjoy the photos, and I look forward to a follow on climb in February!

 Interior Buckhorn

Buckhorn Inn – a delightful evening & wonderful meal

 Leconte Map

Alum Cave Trail on Mt. LeConte

Martha on the Bridge

Martha on the bridge

Climbing Profile

Hiking Profile of Mt. LeConte

Lodge shut down for the winter

Mt. LeConte Summit Lodge


Ice covered trail near the summit

 Alum Cave

Alum Cave in winter

 Key Hole

Trail through Arch Rock

Martha on ice to use

Martha uses Micro-Spikes on some ice

Icy Path

Icy Trail above Alum Cave

View near the summit

View near the summit

Audrey Prouty on LeConte

Audrey Prouty at the summit

 Adios from Mt. LeConte

Adios, from Mt. LeConte





Wes Chapman
Written by Wes Chapman

3 Comment responses

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    January 14, 2015

    I enjoyed seeing Wes and Martha make a winter climb to celebrate Wes’s big birthday. Keep going strong!


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    January 14, 2015

    Beautiful hike and so civilized staying in a nice inn. You have to love those MicroSpikes over the ice. Such a nice way to celebrate your birthday.



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    January 14, 2015

    Looks sort of wussy as far as other places Audrey Prouty has summited, but a great way to celebrate the day! Happy Birthday and welcome to the sexagenarian club–it’s way fun.