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Holsti97Clingman's Dome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2006


Drove to Cherokee from Asheville, NC to Hwy. 441. Stopped at Sugarlands Visitor Center and were told that we wouldn't be able to go to summit because of repairs to the area at the top. Drove on Clingman's Dome Road to parking lot. Hiked 2 miles round trip on Forney Ridge Trail to Appalachian Trail and then to the summit. No official looking people around so we climbed the "curved cement bridge to nowhere." Met a few through hikers on the AT. Very nice hike on a perfect day. Drove back to Maggie Valley on the Blue Ridge Parkway. HP #10.
Posted Apr 23, 2006 10:40 am

mattdalmanRoute Climbed: Parking lot Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2006


This was the first of three state highpoints for the day(TN,GA,SC). There wasn't any view from the saucer because of the dense fog up at the summit. Still fun though.
Posted Apr 22, 2006 1:00 am

Mark DoironPark Closed--Except Us!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2004

Mark Doiron

My son Curtis and I were hiking a couple days on the AT. We'd left the truck at the parking lot for Clingman's Dome. Our planned return was at sunrise, June 8th, so that we could catch the transit of Venus (I'm an amateur astronomer and had a scope and solar filter in the truck). But it was too cloudy to see the transit.

Funny thing: No one else about. Puzzled, we packed up and headed out the east park entrance. We'd stop so I could take a few images, but there was no one on the road. This is the most highly visited national park (yes, far more than Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite!), yet there was no one around. I got to where I'd just stop on the road to take pic's. Anyway--long story shortened: Turns out the park gates were closed because there'd been an incident with the FBI chasing some wanted criminal into the park. We passed the scene of the incident and there were all manner of cops (local, county, FBI, etc) for several miles before the east gate.
Posted Mar 22, 2006 6:20 pm

EleutherosFog and Rain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 1995


Beautiful hike in the fog and rain. No view from the tower, but the forest was alive.

Posted Mar 17, 2006 7:32 pm

Scrambling ManAT Hike: Spring of 2000  Sucess!

Scrambling Man

Great hike along the AT. The tower is unique and oddly out of place, but it does allow for views of the mountains.
Posted Feb 14, 2006 9:00 pm

CortezRe: Route Climbed: Appalachian trail Date Climbed: September 1996


Clingman's is totally blah compared to LeConte. LeConte is Tennessee's premier mountain!
Posted May 21, 2006 8:21 pm

Joseph ClaghornRoute Climbed: Paved access trail Date Climbed: September 2005  Sucess!

Joseph Claghorn

Although I'm generally not a fan of highpoint structures, I actually like this one. It doesn't sit on the highpoint itself, and it gradually ramps up to lift you above the trees to see the views (which would be non-existant were it not for the flying saucer). The affect is somewhat lost now with the fir tree blight.
Posted Jan 24, 2006 10:41 pm

kozRoute Climbed: From the parking lot Date Climbed: September 16, 2003  Sucess!


Highpoint #24. Fourth stop in our attempt to bag GA-SC-NC-TN-VA-KY in a day. Definitely want to come back & hike around here.
Posted Jan 3, 2006 12:28 am

vbc285Route Climbed: A.T. Date Climbed: March, 2003  Sucess!


Hit the summit along the A.T. on a section hike. Lots of snow drifts and ice all over the trail...Lots of fun!
Posted Dec 3, 2005 4:15 pm

Alcas24Route Climbed: A.T. Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2004  Sucess!


Climbed as part of a three day backpack trip. Started at the road to nowhere and spent the first night along Hazel Creek. Ascended to the AT and summit on the second day, descending and camping along Forney Creek the second night. Out to the road the third day. Awesome trip.
Posted Nov 3, 2005 1:44 am

cybondRoute Climbed: Via AT Date Climbed: April 2005  Sucess!


When one of my friend's and I summited it, freezing fog and mist obscured any chance of a view. Our visibility was about 10 feet in front of us, with light snow at the top. Temps dropped down in the single digits with wind chill. Ice and snow covered much of the trail, at best there was frozen mud. Probably should have worn crampons. Excellent time with a good friend. Highly recommended whether you are on a family trip (visit in different weather!) or a backpacker on the AT.
Posted Oct 16, 2005 6:54 pm

TLPRoute Climbed: path from parking lot Date Climbed: September 25, 2005  Sucess!


No view, totally foggy. Very WINDY on the tower. My 11th State highpoint.
Posted Sep 27, 2005 12:30 pm

TomSellickRoute Climbed: Appalachian Trail from Newfound Gap Date Climbed: October 2003  Sucess!


It was pretty cold all day...We left our bikes on top and rode them down Clingman's Dome Road after the climb, which is an OK section of the AT (too close to the road). Looking to do the whole section through the park in February.
Posted Sep 2, 2005 12:48 pm

chmoore577Route Climbed: Pavement Date Climbed: June 23, 2003  Sucess!


Will and I first "climbed" the concrete trail to the summit of Clingman's Dome in June of 2003. I re-summited it in May of 2005, with my wife, Robin who braved 40 degree temperatures, gusting winds and driving rains to hike the paved trail in flip-flops. Needless to say this took a little coaxing from me...she was not happy. My 10th highpoint, her 5th.
Posted Sep 1, 2005 10:32 am

starship_jenRoute Climbed: Pavement Date Climbed: September 1, 2003  Sucess!


Cold, gray, foggy, misty! So, THAT'S why they call it the Great Smoky Mountains! : ) Dense fog obscured the view and it was windy, but quiet and peaceful. Loved the unusual lookout tower.
Posted Aug 4, 2005 11:45 pm

davis13Route Climbed: Pavement Date Climbed: 80's and 90's  Sucess!


Walked up it numerous times from the parking lot on family vacations.
Posted Jul 31, 2005 8:54 am

longroperRoute Climbed: Path from the parking lot Date Climbed: 2 July 2005  Sucess!


Good view of some rare fur trees. Nice area to hike.
Posted Jul 7, 2005 1:40 pm

SteveinFXBGRoute Climbed: Paved Path Date Climbed: May 27, 2005  Sucess!
This was my second time up to the tower. The first was back on August 27, 2004. The views were better this time around. We decided to avoid the crowds coming up the paved trail and headed down the AT to the bypass trail. If you want to feel more like you climbed the mountain, take this one up. It is VERY rocky and there are many dead trees. We also met an AT thru-hiker and wished him luck.
Posted Jun 19, 2005 11:20 pm

pingzingrRoute Climbed: From the car to the saucer :) Date Climbed: 1979, 1982, 1987...  Sucess!


Came up to Clingmans Dome every time we came to the Smokies.
Posted Jun 16, 2005 3:26 am

captainronRoute Climbed: Standard paved path Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!


I was really disappointed with the summit, but then again what can you expect from a mountain that you drive to the top. It was really windy and cold but the veiws were nice.
Posted Jun 9, 2005 7:11 am

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