Clingmans Dome Climber's Log

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mtsptfam - Nov 27, 2008 12:16 pm Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2008

2nd times the Charm  Sucess!

This is my 2nd time up. The first time was on a backpacking trip in the smokies which yielded no view because the weather was so bad I could only see about 20yards. This time, even though I took the drive up, I could see the whole way to Mount Mitchell. Bummer I can't get to it's summit because it is closed for "construction".


nextyearranier - Nov 4, 2008 4:08 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2005

Took the high road  Sucess!

Cheated and took the road, but hiked the steep path for about a mile. Nice views, even with the fog.


rangermatt - Oct 26, 2008 8:49 pm Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2008

Busy busy busy  Sucess!

Probably won't be a busier day until...maybe Memorial Day. Everyone enjoying the last gasp of summer, with pleasant temperatures - borderline t-shirt weather. Interestingly, Americans seemed to be vastly outnumbered by international visitors.


BigCountry - Oct 3, 2008 6:47 pm

As a kid  Sucess!

with my family


silversummit - Sep 24, 2008 10:39 pm Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2006

Walked up on a cold day  Sucess!

We were driving through the NP and decided to see if the road was still open and this was the last weekend it was that season. I cannot pass up a chance to see any mountain view and take a picture so off I went. It was chilly, windy and almost no one was there so I felt like I was on top of the park; very pretty 360 degree views! I actually hiked very near here 26 years ago but didn't finish the trek up to the Dome.


skinnywhitecomic - Sep 1, 2008 4:28 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008

HP # 4  Sucess!

I was expecting a USGS marker somewhere but never saw it. Not a bad place.


Chinigo - Aug 19, 2008 2:03 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2003

HP #12 - from parking lot  Sucess!

I (with my wife (Tracy) and son (Alex), then almost 3 yrs old) did this as part of our second family HP trip.

Here's another mountain that I need to climb for real someday.


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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - May 10, 2008 10:13 pm

Nice View

Walked to the top the easy way.


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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

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