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February 2008

Richard Adams and Ron Metcalfe hiked Mt. LeConte on February 3, 2008. We ascended via Rainbow Falls trail and descended via Bullhead Trail. There was 1" to 4" of snow on the trail for about the last 1 1/2 miles of Rainbow, and about the same amount of snow down the first mile of Bullhead.

It was sunny for the first hour or so going up Rainbow, then became overcast for the rest of the day. Recent rains made for a good flow of water over Rainbow Falls and recent snows were still visible along much of the trail. Total snow cover varied, but was mostly confined to the northwest slopes which receive little (if any) winter sun.

The Bullhead trail is pretty incredible, although it gets very little use compared to Alum Cave Bluff, Rainbow Falls, and Trillium Gap. There aren't any water crossings or falls, but this trail affords many more views than either Rainbow or Trillium Gap. Many areas are level or gently sloping, although it seemed that the steepest parts were nearer the bottom. In other words, on Bullhead, it seems like you pay your dues early and do alot of climbing quickly, but you're rewarded as you reach the top with fantastic views and gentle trails.

I think Alum Cave Bluff is still my favorite for ascent, but in the future, if I go down a different trail, I guarantee I'll choose Bullhead. A very nice trail.



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LeConte Creek
LeConte Creek
Another blowdown across the trail
Another blowdown across the trail
A big ol' tree
A big ol' tree
Looking up the big ol' tree
Looking up the big ol' tree
More snow along the trail
More snow along the trail
Rock steps on Rainbow Falls trail
Rock steps on Rainbow Falls trail
Bear right
Bear right
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The trail cross to the northwest side of the ridge where the tip of the Rocky Spur ridge becomes visible
The trail cross to the northwest side of the ridge where the tip of the Rocky Spur ridge becomes visible
Looking back down from above a switchback
Looking back down from above a switchback
Skylift is visible in downtown Gatlinburg before Rainbow Falls
Skylift is visible in downtown Gatlinburg before Rainbow Falls
The big round hotel is also visible
The big round hotel is also visible
Huge rock along the trail
Huge rock along the trail
Snow starting to appear on the trail before Rainbow Falls
Snow starting to appear on the trail before Rainbow Falls
The Mini Rainbow Falls of LeConte Creek
The "Mini" Rainbow Falls of LeConte Creek
Not much frozen water on the trail, most ice was frozen packed snow
Not much frozen water on the trail, most ice was frozen packed snow
t1%2f67%2f753667%2f4%2f92510743.mChWIHlQ.jpg Looking over toward the Rocky Spur.  The Rainbow Falls trail will cross right to left and around the ridge
Looking over toward the Rocky Spur. The Rainbow Falls trail will cross right to left and around the ridge
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