Clingmans Dome Climber's Log

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BobSmith

BobSmith - Nov 14, 2003 5:18 pm

Route Climbed: Drive up Date Climbed: four times 1974-1999  Sucess!

I've never climbed Clingman's Dome. I always drive up and stroll to the tower. Of my four trips, three of them found the summit in its usual overcast mantle of clouds. The last time, though, in 1999, the air was clear and the view amazing. As with the rest of the high country along the spine of the Southern Appalachians, it's horrifying to see the effects of acid rain on the healthy evergreen climax forests I hiked through as a youth. I'm glad I saw them at their peak, but the destruction of those forests by pollution still horrifies and enrages me.

fox5659

fox5659 - Aug 18, 2003 12:54 pm

Route Climbed: AT Date Climbed: April 2002  Sucess!

Brutal cold in April - but no tourists. Nice views of the Smokies from the tower. The tower reminded me of a marble race toy we had when we were kids.

dsnell

dsnell - Jul 2, 2003 8:13 am

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 29, 2003  Sucess!

I got to the parking lot at about 7:00 on what would later be a crowded summer Sunday. Early in the morning, however, I had the whole place to myself, except for a nice couple from Georgia. The views were nice, except for the dead trees. I'm sure the place was truly stunning before the trees died. It's too bad the Park Service can't (or won't, what ever the case may be) do anything to save them. I encountered a verly large (and brave) doe on the way down. Get there early to avoid the crowds!

vbeckman74

vbeckman74 - May 30, 2003 8:26 am

Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: September 2000  Sucess!

Highpoint number 6 for Dy and I.

climber46

climber46 - Apr 26, 2003 3:02 pm

Route Climbed: road Date Climbed: Oct 19, 1995  Sucess!

I drove the scenic route between Chattanooga and Kentucky by going over the Great Smoky Mtns National Park and also driving to the this lofty summit. It is disappionting to see the adelgid destroying the alpine forests up there. The fall colors lower down were spectacular.

big_g

big_g - Mar 3, 2003 6:19 pm Date Climbed: Feb 5, 2000

Route Climbed: AT and MST  Sucess!

Snowy and cold when I was there. I was tempted to bivy near the tower. I never did make it out to the next shelter - too much snow and downed trees. I slept in the restrooms at the gap. Running water and a toilet!!!
GA->ME 2000

Also climbed again 23 Apr 2007 to finish off the Mountain to Sea Trail. It was much easier this time!

christina_alabama - Jan 7, 2003 6:11 pm

Route Climbed: AT Date Climbed: December 21, 2002  Sucess!

Had a nice two day trip.

rcorby2

rcorby2 - Oct 24, 2002 12:48 pm

Route Climbed: Newfound Gap (kind of, anyways) Date Climbed: November 1994 and 1995  Sucess!

Hit this peak on two different occasions when I did 3 and 4 day treks in this area in the mid 90's.

andy_lemon

andy_lemon - Oct 8, 2002 7:37 pm

Route Climbed: AT Hike Date Climbed: October 15, 2001  Sucess!

When we reached the summit winds were approaching 60 mpg. The background of all our pictures turned out white due to fog and rain. It was cold and wet... We had a blast!

BFAck1 - Sep 22, 2002 6:22 pm

Route Climbed: Parking Lot Trail Date Climbed: October 1992  Sucess!

Climbed this peak in early fall. Great view from observation tower. Had good weather for the time of year.

Pommes

Pommes - Jul 24, 2002 8:20 am

Route Climbed: from parking lot Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!

"lonely" mountain with a "great" view (5 Miles) on lots of dead trees.

pictioneer

pictioneer - Jun 25, 2002 8:42 pm

Route Climbed: from parking lot Date Climbed: many times  Sucess!

Use the Clingman's Dome parking lot as a jumping off point for a lot of aour backpacking trips. The mountain is crowded most of the year except for mid December thru mid March when you have to hike 7 miles to reach it. Views are spectacular year round.

mnutz

mnutz - Jan 11, 2002 6:13 pm

Route Climbed: AT Date Climbed: Jan. 2001  Sucess!

Hiked Newfound Gap to Silers Bald and back. Average 2 feet of snow on trail, and lotsa ice. Beautiful, quiet, and peaceful.

dshoe

dshoe - Dec 20, 2001 5:29 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Trail Date Climbed: 10-93  Sucess!

Nice mountain, and very nice view from the top! One of the 50 state high-points as well. Definitely a nice national park to go visit (Great Smoky Mountains NP).

ejgriffin

ejgriffin - Nov 26, 2001 9:39 am

Route Climbed: Forney Ridge Date Climbed: March 23  Sucess!

Started at the top, did a 4 day loop and returned to the top via Forney Ridge.

sshankle

sshankle - Nov 14, 2001 1:30 pm

Date Climbed: May 27, 2000  Sucess!

Walk up a paved trail after the wind gave us fits trying to get the jackets on in the parking lot...

miztflip

miztflip - Sep 10, 2001 8:06 am

Route Climbed: AT Hike Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!

I also crossed on the AT but not on a complete hike through.

Josh

Josh - Sep 9, 2001 12:27 pm

Route Climbed: Appalachian Trail Date Climbed: Summer, 1995  Sucess!

Hiked over Clingmans Dome on my 1995 AT thru-hike. This was a new "elevation record" for me at the time.

John

John - Sep 9, 2001 1:49 am

Route Climbed: Summit Road Date Climbed: April 4 & 5, 1998  Sucess!

Since I couldn't find any reasonable hiking information before arriving at the park I just drove to this summit - a problem that SP goes a long way to fixing ;-). Although I didn't find any snow, I was pretty surprised at all the rime and clear ice I found - in fact it only took a few minutes before my car windows were completely coated with ice (no visibility) once the sun went down. I was lucky enough to have the summit tower to myself on both the evening of the 4th and the morning of the 5th. The scenery and views were amazing though my photos should be rescanned sometime.

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