Clingmans Dome Climber's Log

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CrazySanMan

CrazySanMan - Aug 11, 2008 7:29 am Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2008

Carried my 80lb son  Sucess!

In the parking lot I saw the paved trail and kept my flip flops on. My son (7 years old, 80 lbs, asthma) had just woken up and was grumpy. He didn't want to hike the trail so I gave him a piggy back ride. What a workout! I had no idea the trail would be that steep in places. I carried him all the way up the tower and had sewing machine legs all the way down. My first highpoint.

MarkDidier

MarkDidier - Jul 12, 2008 9:45 am

Concrete Jungle  Sucess!

The best part of hiking to the observation tower is the information sign showing the peaks in the distance as it helps point out other peaks that you have climbed, or hope to climb.

kavak

kavak - Jul 2, 2008 10:18 am Date Climbed: Sep 23, 1985

From Summit Parking Area  Sucess!

My wife and 4 year old son accompanied me on the 1/2 mile walk to this strange structure built so that anyone can see the views. Only there were no views!!

2skinners - Jun 29, 2008 11:36 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008

HP # 13  Sucess!

Originally planned to do VA, TN, & KY with my wife. Got a late start and weather changed our plans. So we instead opted for TN and were going to do VA the next day but plans were again thwarted by the weather so we did KY. We did the "Highpointer's Route" (1 mile RT)for this one, but before you say anything, 8-10 hours of driving on a weekend off one way can be just as strenous as hiking 15 miles. I've done both, so I can compare accurately.
We experienced the most amazing sunset of our lifetime on this day. The entire area was bathed in a yellow/orange glow. It was unreal!!

Ilafan

Ilafan - Jun 25, 2008 8:37 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2008

Take me to your leader.  Sucess!

Tons of people, and that was part of the joy. I liked seeing the wide variety of folks hiking up the paved path. All colors, shapes, and sizes were there, and the view from the spaceship was gorgeous. Lots of fun.

Tracy

Tracy - Jun 7, 2008 11:24 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008

21st state highpoint  Sucess!

Hiked up the half-mile paved walkway after hiking Mt. Rogers earlier in the day.

atavist

atavist - May 19, 2008 9:16 pm

AT section hike  Sucess!

Spring Break (Mar 2001) - spent some cold icy days on the AT from Fontana to Davenport Gap. It was early thru-hiker season and a pretty fun hike.

LilBird

LilBird - May 10, 2008 10:13 pm

Nice View

Walked to the top the easy way.

TiogaBradford

TiogaBradford - Apr 29, 2008 11:47 pm Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2008

via AT from Newfound Gap  Sucess!

Started the hike in plenty of rain, finished with sunshine and decent views. It was a fairly easy hike with minimal elevation gain, though it was somewhat long (16ish miles).

maddie77777

maddie77777 - Apr 21, 2008 10:53 pm Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2008

Summit via the lazy man route  Sucess!

Hiked the half mile up the paved road from the parking lot, the lazy way. I'll hike it the real way later when I try the AT in sections. For now, I was just driving through and thought I'd snag a high point.

tioga

tioga - Apr 21, 2008 1:33 pm Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2008

Rain and Clouds  Sucess!

Started in the rain from Newfound Gap and climbed via the Appalachian Trail going south. It rained on and off on the way up and the top was inside a cloud, windy, and chilly. I climbed with my brother and a friend and we ate lunch on top and quickly jumped on the trail to go back down. During the descent we got some decent views as it was beginning to clear.

Bluebell08

Bluebell08 - Apr 16, 2008 1:03 am Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2006

Hike from Newfound Gap  Sucess!

A muddy hike from Newfound Gap, that night was a cold one in the Smokies.

unclehud

unclehud - Feb 10, 2008 7:08 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2007

Chilly and windy

Walked up the paved path -- and the cool observation tower -- the day before we went up Mount LeConte.

jimegan

jimegan - Feb 7, 2008 11:56 am Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2007

CLINGMAN'S DOME  Sucess!

ROAD TO TRAILHEAD CLOSED BY SNOW SO HIKED UP SWITCHING TO AT AFTER A MILE. NUMEROUS DOWNFALLS TO GET OVER/UNDER/AROUND AND LARGE CLUMPS OF SNOW FALLING FROM THE TREE LIMBS MADE FOR AN INTERESTING HIKE

captainbuuda

captainbuuda - Jan 25, 2008 7:53 am

Free Mtn parking  Sucess!

I loved the view, but feel like I haven't quite earned it yet. I'll have to hike up from Chimney Tops next time.

wildfam

wildfam - Jan 22, 2008 9:31 pm Date Climbed: Apr 4, 2006

Spring Break Stop  Sucess!

Highpoint #4 - great visit. Stayed in Gatlinburg - played Hillbilly golf & such. Drove up & parked; hiked up via Forney Ridge trail - thoroughly enjoyed. Lots of rime ice.

rfolkenberg

rfolkenberg - Jan 11, 2008 1:23 pm Date Climbed: May 10, 2007

Easy hike up  Sucess!

Climbed up easily from parking lot-Cheaters haha

johnmnichols

johnmnichols - Dec 26, 2007 10:13 am Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2006

Clingmans Trail Run  Sucess!

Trail ran to the summit from the Deep Creek TH in Bryson City. Ran via the Noland Divide, Noland Creek, and Forney Ridge Trails. Total distance was approximately 21 miles with 7000 feet of vertical gain. Run was fully self-supported as there is no vehicle access along this route.

Six2

Six2 - Nov 28, 2007 1:29 am

AT Hike  Sucess!

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.

eric-griz

eric-griz - Nov 9, 2007 9:39 pm Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2000

Dead Trees  Sucess!

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!

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