I climbed the summit tower in April of this year as a part of a section hike. It was a couple of days after a huge windstorm and there were many, many blowdowns on the way north into Newfound Gap.
First ascent was part of my 2000 AT thru-hike. It was cloudy with low visibility. Went back last fall (visiting on a fall weekend is a mistake) and got great views and autumn color too!
We hiked from Newfound Gap to Clingman's Dome via the Appalachian Trail. Along the trail, we noticed so many large trees had uprooted and fallen over. The ranger told us it was Aphid outbreak. It was great weather going up, but once @ the strange summit, it started to pour. Visibility was about 1 foot and it was a cold rain. We hitched a ride back down to our car in the back of a pick up truck.
Rainy day. Climbed up the weird lookout tower, where I could see nothing, then quickly retreated and kept hiking.
People, dead trees and a space ship looking structure at the top. I guess if you're going to the Smokey Mountains you've got to experience this.
Drove up to the vast parking lot, and then walked the rest of the way. One tough peak. First state high point though.
This was part of an 11 state highpoint trip that started in St Louis and ended in Missoula Montana. Great spot to stretch the legs!
Did Clingman's Dome the easy way shortly after getting hitched. It was really windy, and it was a shame to see what was happening to the trees at the summit, but the views were still great.
Very cold on top, but surprisingly devoid of snow.
Easy hike with no view because of the haze caused mostly from pollution. A fun way to stretch the legs, however.
For being such a lame hike I was hoping at least for a view - but no such luck...super dense fog and even some thunder and lightening! Fun climbing (I mean walking) with my friends anyway!
wear flip flops and bring along a Big Gulp from 7-11.
Also hiked up 8/4/91 and 4/1/98 on my AT Thru-hike. Definitely a beatiful area.
Not for the hiker, but worth the time to see the view. There are quite wonderful ridge trails right nearby that offer solitude and dramatic wild vistas.
I hated this walk up but I was interested to see the area. Incredible how many whiney out of shape people were there that day.
enjoyed the tower, but too crowded.
Cold day - ice in the trail.
Our Eigth Summit! Please go to http://50summits.blogspot.com for a complete report.
Half way done...
WOW only 25 more HP's to go!!!
Gatlinburg; the town near by pretty fun town...
What a mob.
During 1976 AT thru-hike