Walked to the top the easy way.
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).
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.
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.
A muddy hike from Newfound Gap, that night was a cold one in the Smokies.
Walked up the paved path -- and the cool observation tower -- the day before we went up Mount LeConte.
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
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.
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.
Climbed up easily from parking lot-Cheaters haha
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.
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.