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CRiedel2Great Day in TN  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006


Drove up and took the short summit trail on a beautiful day. The big parking lot at the top was almost full...this is one popular mountain! But between people going up and coming down, there weren't a lot of people at the top, which was nice. The drive was great and the views were awesome. We could see everything, and I liked the signs pointing to the different peaks. Perfect day for this trip. The whole area around there in the Smokey Mountains is fantastic! After seeing pictures from years past, it looks to me like the forest is really coming back to life up there too. Highpoint #2.
Posted Jul 5, 2006 1:31 pm

jaygeekrayZero Visiblity  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 1989


Drove up and walked up the short path to the spiral ramp tower in the rain...all we could see were the tops of the trees for about a hundred yards with nothing but white beyond...at least it was a fun day for our toddler to play in the rain...
Posted Jun 27, 2006 5:49 pm

TurboRoute: Appalachian Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2003


As part of a 70 mile backpacking trip in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, myself and two friends reached the summit before noon. It was very foggy. Couldn't even see the top of the concrete tower.
Posted Jun 22, 2006 2:22 am

EManBevHillsAncient History  Sucess!


Updating the archives!
Posted Jun 16, 2006 1:12 am

CortezFoggy Rather Groggy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2006


We hit the Tennessee state highpoint after climbing Chestnut Bald & Reinhart Knob. The mountain was shrouded in clouds when we hiked the obnoxious paved trail to the summit. One thing about this state highpoint that struck me was that there was no sign at the summit marking it as such. The structure at the top was also unnec.

Posted May 21, 2006 8:19 pm

tarolTook the easy way to the top!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2006


It was a beautiful drive to the top of Clingmans Dome. I loved how the vegetation changes as you go up in elevation. The view from the top was amazing as were the wildflowers found roadside :)
Posted May 18, 2006 5:32 pm

brendonFog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 2006


Drove up to the parking area before dawn in very thick fog. A little bit of construction on the trail. Very foggy and my ears got cold.
Posted May 9, 2006 1:19 am

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

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