Haven't made it up to Leconte yet but I've hiked it as far as Brushy Mountain. Wonderful hike. But start EARLY. Grotto falls is a very popular hike and can get very crowded. On the plus side most people don't hike past the falls. I started pretty early on a weekday and only ran across one other person on my way up. The solitude was well worth the effort of getting up early. Had Brushy mountain all to myself. It was great. Ran up on a couple of black bears on the way down. One a little to close for comfort but he wasn't interested in me. Not sure which of us it scared worse! By the time I got back to Grotto falls around mid to late morning it was packed. So if you like solitude I would recommend starting early and go on a weekday. Defintely a hike I intend to do again!
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