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Mount Kephart
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Mount Kephart

 
Mount Kephart

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Tennessee, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 35.63100°N / 83.39°W

Object Title: Mount Kephart

Elevation: 6217 ft / 1895 m

 

Page By: BobSmith

Created/Edited: Oct 12, 2004 / Mar 19, 2007

Object ID: 153208

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Page Score: 81.33%  - 14 Votes 

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Overview

 
10/23/05.view from jump off...
From the Jump Off
This is another major Southern Appalachian peak that's overshadowed by a much larger and more massive neighbor. In this case, it's Mount Kephart that's somewhat belittled by Mount Le Conte, its more famous neighbor. However, as the Appalachian Trail travels near the summit of Kephart, and as the most popular shelter in the park (Icewater Springs Shelter) is also near the peak on this most traveled of trails, I suspect Kephart is at least as commonly summited as Le Conte. However, a lot of folk who climb to the top of Kephart don't even realize they've done so, as they're too busy thinking of the views available on their way to The Jump Off.

The famous, and much-used Ice...
Ice Water Springs Shelter.


The only trail that summits Kephart, of which I'm aware, is the spur trail from The Boulevard, which goes right over the evergreened summit, a side trail of three-tenths of a mile that takes one over to The Jumpoff, agruably one of the highest sheer walls in the eastern United States.



Getting There

Take 441 from either Gatlinburg TN or Cherokee NC to Newfound Gap. Park in the lot and take the Applachian Trail north.

10/23/05.view from jump off...
View from the Jumpoff.



Red Tape

None just to hike. If staying in the backcountry or in one of the shelters on the AT, you must acquire a backcountry permit at a ranger station, unless you're an AT through-hiker.

When To Climb

Any time of year. Be aware that this part of the Southern Appalachians receives very cold and sometimes icy weather with heavy snow during the winter. Thunderstorms can be a concern on the ridges all year long.

Camping

Camping is allowed, at designated sites, with permits.

Mountain Conditions

Check with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Weather for nearby cities is unrliable for the high country.
[img:132698:aligncenter:medium:View from the Jumpoff.]
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BobSmith

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I think most national parks have a no dogs policy. At least they have to be on leashes, and generally not allowed in the back country. There may be some kind of rule that allows them with thru-hikers on the AT.





I personally can't stand dogs. I enjoy being able to hike and camp and backpack without them around.
Posted Aug 19, 2005 4:43 pm
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Cortez

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Dogs are not allowed in Smoky Mt. National Park.





BUMMER!!!
Posted Aug 19, 2005 10:32 am
BobSmithUntitled Comment

BobSmith

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I think most national parks have a no dogs policy. At least they have to be on leashes, and generally not allowed in the back country. There may be some kind of rule that allows them with thru-hikers on the AT.





I personally can't stand dogs. I enjoy being able to hike and camp and backpack without them around.
Posted Aug 19, 2005 4:43 pm

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