Drove up and birded the pleasant but steep pitch to the flying saucer. Track here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S47859671. Some day we will need to hike it from bottom to top to really make it count.
Beginning of my highpoint journey - completely fogged in
Got the pregnant wife up for a completely fogged in summit with no views! Fast forward to 2021 and we were rewarded with expansive vistas of the Smokies.
Heavy fog, very little visibility in late morning. Good to stretch the legs nonetheless.
Cool views on the way up and down but very rainy/foggy so very limited/no views from the top but still a cool hike!
Decent hike through a diverse forest, but disappointed to share the summit tower with maybe 50 other people. That and the loud road took away from this one. 7 miles out and back on the AT from Fork Ridge.
Visit to the Great Smokies!
Very windy but a beautiful sunset viewed.
Note: USGS Marker is at the end of the parking lot - BELOW the high point.
very refreshing. beautiful views for the seconds the clouds parted
Completed this during the pandemic. Road to the dome was closed so hiked/ran the road to the summit, watched the sunset and ran down in the dark. Did this with my 2 20 something children so it was a very special day.
Drive up then mile or so hike. Nice views, cool crisp air.
visited this on a beautiful sunny day in the Smokies,
Climbed this with my boyfriend. Highpoint #13 for me and #2 for my boyfriend
Easy 1 mile RT walk from parking lot to my 17th State HP. Summit was obscured in clouds and a light rain.
Had the Summit to myself, and my few friends (maybe 500 or so)
Too bad it's so touristy. I stepped off the paved trail on to the AT to cross the highest point on the AT and although it was like I-95 on the paved trail not a soul was on the AT.
Did this as part of a two week backpack of a section of the AT before there were such things as through hikers and trail names. We had the trail to ourselves until we came to Clingman's Dome. Alone again after Newfound Gap.