I'm in the process of planning a trip to GSMNP next weekend. I'm still researching the most feasible day hikes for a moderate hiker like myself, and I'm leaning toward a trail taking me to Mount LeConte.
I know people can hike up to the mountain/lodge via one trail, and descend via another. My plan is to hike up via Rainbow Falls, and hike down via the Alum Cave Trail. In a day (starting very early). Is this even doable or am I crazy? I know this sounds naive, but I want to see the mountains ...
My main worry is getting to my car after the hike. I don't know how far the trailheads are between each trail. For example, can I leave my car at Rainbow Falls Trail and when I descend later in the day via Alum Cave, still get to where my car will be at Rainbow Falls Trail (or even vice versa)??
Any information and recommendations would be very helpful and appreciated. Thank you so much !