A Memorable Day On Mt. Leconte: Experiencing The Annual Helicopter Supply Drop

I recently had the experience of helping with the annual helicopter supply drop at LeConte Lodge on Mt. LeConte. Wow! An amazing hike, amazing experience and amazing views. Today, I would like to share more about this experience, several photos and a little information about Mt. LeConte and The LeConte Lodge. If you have never been, today you will find out why this is one hike you should be putting on the calendar.

At 6,593 ft. elevation, Mt. LeConte is one of the highest peaks in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In 1924, avid hiker Paul Adams led an expedition up the mountain to show the group the rugged beauty of the mountains. They spent the night in a tent which later became a cabin and eventually LeConte Lodge. LeConte Lodge is the highest inn serving guests in the Eastern United States. Featuring a series of personal cabins and a central lodge/dining hall the lodge is usually open from March – November and can accommodate around 50 guests at a time. Guests must hike in on one of five trails that access the mountain. Being a quite popular trip, guests are encouraged to make reservations a year in advance. Due to the lack of traditional access supplies are brought in annually via a helicopter drop. It was a beautiful day for the air lift.

On the hike up the last of winter was still hanging on the mountain. By the next day it had completely melted & now it is officially spring.

At the top enjoying the excitement of the supply drop and all of the amazing views.

Watching the helicopter getting closer with the supplies.

Drop! Navigating a tight space the helicopter brings all of the fuel, canned goods, t-shirts and more.

The next day the fog put the final hours of the lift on hold. After all the excitement the fog made for another gorgeous hike down from Mt. LeConte.

You can see for miles from here. The second ridge line below the bird is a view of Chalet Village in Gatlinburg from “Cliff Tops” on Mt. Leconte.This was a truly awe-inspiring experience. If you have not hiked Mt. LeConte or visited the LeConte Lodge you should start planning now.
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