Mount Le Conte (Tennessee)

Mount Le Conte is a mountain in Sevier County, Tennessee located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At 6,593 ft it is the third highest peak in the national park, behind Clingmans Dome and Mount Guyot, it is the highest peak, within Tennessee. However, from its immediate base to its summit, Mount Le Conte is one of the highest peaks in the Appalachian Mountains rising 5,301 ft from its base, near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There are four subpeaks above 6,000 ft on the mountain: West Point, High Top, Cliff Tops, Myrtle Point. In addition, Balsam Point 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. There is considerable controversy over just which member of the Le Conte family the mountain was named for; the United States Geological Survey lists Joseph Le Conte, famous geologist, as the man for whom the mountain was named by Swiss explorer Arnold Guyot. However, in recent years this claim has been challenged by local authorities, who in turn believe that the mountain derives its name from Joseph's older — and less famous — brother John Le Conte, a physicist at South Carolina College.

Their story alleges that the mountain was named by Samuel Buckley in respect to John's help in moving his barometer to Waynesville, North Carolina, at Buckley's request. Although the mountain was measured in the 1850s little activity took place on the mountain until the 1920s, when Paul Adams moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. An enthusiastic hiker and explorer, Adams spent much of his free time creating adventures in the mountains. In 1924 he joined the Great Smoky Mountain Conservation Association, a group dedicated to making the region into a national park; as part of this push that year he led an expedition up the mountain with dignitaries from Washington, in order to show the group what rugged beauty those mountains held. The group spent the night in a large tent which would become a cabin, the LeConte Lodge, a popular resort near the top of the peak; the trip was a great success and about a decade Mount Le Conte, the surrounding region, was protected as part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Mount Le Conte lies in the Appalachian Blue Ridge physiographic province. It is made up of Late Proterozoic rocks. Millions of years of weathering has caused significant erosion, giving the mountains in the region, including Le Conte, a distinctive, gentle sloping feature. A dense stand of Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest, a remnant of the last Ice Age, coats the mountain's peaks and upper slopes. Mount Le Conte has a highland climate due to its elevation, giving it cool summers, cold winters. Annual snowfall averages 39.43 inches near the base to 71.82 inches on the highest peak. The climate is somewhat wetter than the lower elevations; the lowest temperature recorded was -32F, on January 13, 1986. The highest temperature recorded was 82F on July 1, 2012 Mount Le Conte is notable for having the highest inn providing lodging for visitors in the Eastern United States; the LeConte Lodge is a small resort, established in 1925. First, it was a tent a single cabin, now it is a series of small personal log cabins and a central lodge/dining hall situated along the top of a mountain.

It can accommodate about 50 guests a night, is open from March–November. There is no transportation to the lodge and all guests must hike in on one of the five trails that access the mountain. Due to this lack of access, supplies must be brought in via llama pack trains; the climate at the lodge is similar to that found in southern Canada, with cool summers and cold, snowy winters. The lodge is maintained under a lease with the National Park Service. Le Conte's location in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has spurred the creation of five trails that lead to the LeConte Lodge, with spur trails to each of the individual peaks. In addition to the scenic overlooks and peaceful woodlands endemic to each path, every trail offers its own unique attractions along the way to the summit, they are listed with their distances one-way. The Boulevard Trail — 5.4 mi. Bullhead Trail — 6.9 mi. Rainbow Falls Trail — 6.6 mi. Trillium Gap Trail — 8.9 mi. Starting the Trillium Gap Trail at the Trillium Gap parking lot shortens the climb by 2.4 mi, making this a 6.5 mi trail.

The combined traffic of these five trails makes Mount Le Conte one of the most heavily

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