2010: First state highpoint. I definitely enjoyed being there, but the mountain was completely enveloped in clouds so zero views. It wasn't even the highlight of the day as Chimney Tops was more fun on every aspect, but I'm sure if I went back on a clear day my opinion of the 3rd highest in the Appalachians would be higher.
Very easy, paved, 1/2 mile trail to the top of TN's highpoint!
Easy little hike to the top, which was fun. Unfortunately didn't have any views with all the mist. We hiked to Andrew's Bald after, which I think is even cooler!
Drove up this, but tacked on a couple hikes elsewhere in the park. Was looking forward to Chimney Tops but it was closed so we did Grotto Falls and Le Conte instead.
Second time at Clingman's Dome, state HP #6. Since you can't really hike up to it without taking the AT forever, we hiked Mt Leconte the next day, which was a great substitute. The Smokies are awesome either way....grouped with Mitchell/Asheville, one of my fav trips.
I did this HP the morning after being in a wedding, needless to say I was thankful for it's ease. Weather was cold (which helped combat the hangover's urge to vomit), wet, and extremely foggy.
First was easy. I even took all 5 family members. There were a LOT of people there, but the views were pretty nice.
HP #17. Very foggy day, icy rain, very windy and cold. Part of Thanksgiving Long Weekend high pointing trip on 7 Southern States: AL, TN, GA, SC, NC, FL, MS
I did this the same day as Mt. Mitchell. Fog at Mt. Mitchell, but great views at Clingman's. Temperatures were in the mid 50s at the top. Great day to be there, the leaves were past peak but still beautiful.
Unfortunately, no views on this cloudy day.
We decided to do some backpacking in the national park the night before and morning of the hike, so we were pretty beat and just drove to the top and did the half mile paved hike to the top. The observation tower looks like a UFO (this is a good thing) and the views were spectacular.
We couldn't find the USGS marker so we took a picture of one for sale in the gift shop and counted that.
The last of my bid through the Southern Six-Pack, and perhaps the most rewarding.
Parked at the Clingmans Dome lot, took the bypass to the AT, hiked to Silers Bald and back. (This was on a ranger's recommendation as an alternative to my original plan to hike from Newfound Gap. Glad I took it; great views & ridgeline hiking.)
I didn't see a soul on the entire AT until back within a mile of Clingmans. Magnificent. This was a relatively easy ridgeline hike. I took about 3.5 hours, including a 15-minute nap atop Silers and another 15 minutes on the summit of Clingmans.
Hiked in from the Newfound Gap parking lot. Took about three hours each way, with thunderstorms and driving rain. The police were searching for a Chinese kid who went missing from the summit area.
Summit area crowded, grabbed this one on the way to texas. HP #20
My 18th state highpoint
Would have liked to have done a longer hike, but after getting blistered feet the day before on Mount Mitchell, I decided the 0.5 mile paved path sounded excellent. Clear weather and nice views on top for sure.
Hiked to mt. Collins shelter with my pack and stayed overnight. Took the AT to Clingmans up top. Clear day and great view.
After spending 20 minutes circling the parking lot for a space, we raced up in the rain as a thunderstorm was rolling in. And had fun doing it.
Hiked up for an overnight from Husky Gap. Beautiful fall foliage in the Smokies that time of year.