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txmountaineerRoute Climbed: Appalachian Trail Date Climbed: 17 March 2005  Sucess!


My father and I climbed up the AT and descended the road. The trail was extremely icy, and hardpacked enough that crampons didn't help. Got to a foggy summit only to have it clear out less than an hour after we started descending! C'est la vie...
Posted Apr 9, 2005 11:03 am

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: Wheelchair Accessible One Date Climbed: March 1988  Sucess!
I was amazed at how developed this mountain was.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 5:24 pm

mrhDate Climbed: October 28, 2001  Sucess!


Great day at the top. The sky was sunny though a bit fuzzy, but this accented the distant ridges nicely. Loads of people. Looks like some of the dead forest are trying to regenerate.
Posted Dec 11, 2004 3:10 pm

dcanaleyDate Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!
Easy walk along the standard tourist path.
Posted Dec 10, 2004 4:47 am

REDHEAD1Route Climbed: NEWFOUND RD TOOK AT TRAIL TO TOP Date Climbed: NOV-14-04  Sucess!
Posted Nov 16, 2004 6:07 am

petersbikeRoute Climbed: Appalachian tr from summit parking lot. Date Climbed: October 12th or 13th 2004  Sucess!


Heading back out west from Asheville. Road biked up 441 from Cherokee to summit parking lot. Next day drove up early and hiked to summit in moist foggy conditions.
Posted Oct 29, 2004 6:42 pm

jomalRoute Climbed: AT Date Climbed: Summer 01, Fall 03  Sucess!


Two great backpacking trips. If you can stand the rain, the Smokies are incredible.
Posted Oct 29, 2004 3:57 am

woodstriderRoute Climbed: AT Date Climbed: 6-5-98  Sucess!


Always love to bag a high peak and hike a section of the AT at the same time. Had Bob Schultz for company.
Posted Sep 9, 2004 2:54 pm

Matt KRoute Climbed: Paved trail Date Climbed: Summer 1997  Sucess!

Matt K

It was fun to pass all the people huffing up the trail. Views weren't good, too many clouds.
Posted Aug 29, 2004 7:46 pm

thegoldengriffRoute Climbed: appalachian trail Date Climbed: Aug 1998  Sucess!


Good times!
Posted Aug 25, 2004 8:26 pm

Tbacon251Route Climbed: Forney Creek Trail Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2003


Starting at the top (parking lot) we hiked down the Forney Creek Trail until we reached backcountry camp site 70(where we stayed the night). In the moring, we hiked back up....all the way....up the stairs....and to the summit of Clingman's Dome. This is a long hike with lots of streams to fall in (I fell twice) and get water from. Great hike.
Posted Jul 26, 2004 2:03 am

gunnersmithRoute Climbed: paved trail Date Climbed: multiple  Sucess!


Pavement. What else can I say! How fun can it be?

Views are good, but there are a ton of people, and the smog is depressing.
Posted Apr 18, 2004 9:12 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: From the AT Date Climbed: Many times via the road, 1993 via the AT  Sucess!


A super easy "climb" from the parking lot (or the AT for that matter), but well worth it for the views. Stunning views when the smog/haze isn't too bad (rare anymore apparently).
Posted Mar 22, 2004 10:25 pm

drm519Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: May 1970  Sucess!
An easy hike. Nice view of the smokies from there.
Posted Mar 19, 2004 9:12 am

cp0915Route Climbed: Date Climbed: 1984 & 2001  Sucess!


The summit was shrouded in clouds and mist both times I went. A short, but enjoyable, hike. I took a detour in 2001 and explored a bit of the Appalachian Trail on the way to the top.
Posted Feb 18, 2004 10:17 am

ajsamuelRoute Climbed: Drive Up Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!


Stopped by after a backpacking trip in GSMNP.
Posted Feb 10, 2004 12:57 pm

hgrapidRoute Climbed: 1/2 summit trail Date Climbed: April, 1, 2003  Sucess!


Time permitting I drove to the parking lot near Clingman's Dome. I had just climbed LeConte via the Alum Cave trail. April 1st was the first day the road to Clingman's Dome was open in 2003. The views were spectacular from the lookout tower. This was my 20th state highpoint. I have now done 21 state highpoints.
Posted Jan 22, 2004 10:44 am

DeanRoute Climbed: walk up from parking lot Date Climbed: Spring 1970  Sucess!


One of the best memories I have of two years in Missouri in the army at Ft. Leonard Wood was the trip my wife and I made to Tennessee and the Great Smokies. As I remember, the most difficult thing was finding a parking space. Great views in all directions and I came to an understanding of how the "Great Smokies" got their name. I'd love to do this one again. Several bears that were panhandling created a traffic jam on the road up. : )
Posted Jan 11, 2004 7:17 pm

desainmeRoute Climbed: car or trail Date Climbed: summer 72 and others  Sucess!


In the early 70's I saw the summit forest intact. Beautiful elfin forest of Red Spruce and Fraser Fir(Balsam). Since then it has become a sad reminder of bug importation- Euro aphid and Acid Rain. Walked up in summer 86 from Cades Cove over Thunder Head etc. took two nights out. and hitch hiked out with a one-eyed driver, a Vietnam Vet who had a handy beer cooler in the back. "Help yourselves boys and pass me some. One has to negotiate a long canyon

from Sugarlands back to Cades Cove but our Odin like driver with Meade by Miller was more than up to the task.
Posted Dec 24, 2003 12:00 am

BobSmithRoute Climbed: Drive up Date Climbed: four times 1974-1999  Sucess!


I've never climbed Clingman's Dome. I always drive up and stroll to the tower. Of my four trips, three of them found the summit in its usual overcast mantle of clouds. The last time, though, in 1999, the air was clear and the view amazing. As with the rest of the high country along the spine of the Southern Appalachians, it's horrifying to see the effects of acid rain on the healthy evergreen climax forests I hiked through as a youth. I'm glad I saw them at their peak, but the destruction of those forests by pollution still horrifies and enrages me.

Posted Nov 14, 2003 5:18 pm

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