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Hike - Mt.LeConte - Wed., July 11, 2012

Depart at 7:30 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor, (NOTE THE EARLIER DEPARTING TIME)
MT. LeCONTE (Rainbow Falls to Bullhead)
Distance:    13.8 miles
Rating:  Very Strenuous
Elevation Gain:   3993 feet
Driving Time:  1.75 hours
Leader:  Hamish de Wilde   860-716-4016

This hike has it all.  There are waterfalls, scenic panoramas, all types of fauna and the lodge.  We will ascend via Rainbow Falls trail and return on the slightly shorter Bullhead trail.  The loop is the most strenuous day hike I have ever tried in the Park, so please consider carefully before making the attempt.  You can expect the whole hike, including the return drive to last 12 hours.  The trail is long, steep and uneven and the July heat may be a factor.
Hiking boots and hiking sticks are recommended.
Driving directions will be provided the morning of the hike.
Bring  plenty of water and a trail lunch.
Carpooling is recommended, passengers are asked to contribute $6 to the driver to help cover gas, etc.