Clingmans Dome Climber's Log

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gwave47

gwave47 - Jul 9, 2006 4:09 am Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2006

5th Highpoint  Sucess!

Left from Newfound Gap and took the AT to the Dome 7.9 miles each way. After it was too late I noticed other areas to get on the AT to hike to the dome that cut out 2 miles of trail each way.

CRiedel2

CRiedel2 - Jul 5, 2006 1:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006

Great Day in TN  Sucess!

Drove up and took the short summit trail on a beautiful day. The big parking lot at the top was almost full...this is one popular mountain! But between people going up and coming down, there weren't a lot of people at the top, which was nice. The drive was great and the views were awesome. We could see everything, and I liked the signs pointing to the different peaks. Perfect day for this trip. The whole area around there in the Smokey Mountains is fantastic! After seeing pictures from years past, it looks to me like the forest is really coming back to life up there too. Highpoint #2.

jaygeekray

jaygeekray - Jun 27, 2006 5:49 pm Date Climbed: May 19, 1989

Zero Visiblity  Sucess!

Drove up and walked up the short path to the spiral ramp tower in the rain...all we could see were the tops of the trees for about a hundred yards with nothing but white beyond...at least it was a fun day for our toddler to play in the rain...

Turbo

Turbo - Jun 22, 2006 2:22 am Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2003

Route: Appalachian Trail  Sucess!

As part of a 70 mile backpacking trip in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, myself and two friends reached the summit before noon. It was very foggy. Couldn't even see the top of the concrete tower.

EManBevHills

EManBevHills - Jun 16, 2006 1:12 am

Ancient History  Sucess!

Updating the archives!

Cortez

Cortez - May 21, 2006 8:21 pm

Re: Route Climbed: Appalachian trail Date Climbed: September 1996

Clingman's is totally blah compared to LeConte. LeConte is Tennessee's premier mountain!

Cortez

Cortez - May 21, 2006 8:19 pm Date Climbed: May 20, 2006

Foggy Rather Groggy  Sucess!

We hit the Tennessee state highpoint after climbing Chestnut Bald & Reinhart Knob. The mountain was shrouded in clouds when we hiked the obnoxious paved trail to the summit. One thing about this state highpoint that struck me was that there was no sign at the summit marking it as such. The structure at the top was also unnec.

tarol

tarol - May 18, 2006 5:32 pm Date Climbed: May 9, 2006

Took the easy way to the top!  Sucess!

It was a beautiful drive to the top of Clingmans Dome. I loved how the vegetation changes as you go up in elevation. The view from the top was amazing as were the wildflowers found roadside :)

brendon

brendon - May 9, 2006 1:19 am Date Climbed: May 8, 2006

Fog  Sucess!

Drove up to the parking area before dawn in very thick fog. A little bit of construction on the trail. Very foggy and my ears got cold.

Holsti97

Holsti97 - Apr 23, 2006 10:40 am Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2006

Clingman's Dome  Sucess!

Drove to Cherokee from Asheville, NC to Hwy. 441. Stopped at Sugarlands Visitor Center and were told that we wouldn't be able to go to summit because of repairs to the area at the top. Drove on Clingman's Dome Road to parking lot. Hiked 2 miles round trip on Forney Ridge Trail to Appalachian Trail and then to the summit. No official looking people around so we climbed the "curved cement bridge to nowhere." Met a few through hikers on the AT. Very nice hike on a perfect day. Drove back to Maggie Valley on the Blue Ridge Parkway. HP #10.

mattdalman

mattdalman - Apr 22, 2006 1:00 am Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2006

Route Climbed: Parking lot Trail  Sucess!

This was the first of three state highpoints for the day(TN,GA,SC). There wasn't any view from the saucer because of the dense fog up at the summit. Still fun though.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Mar 22, 2006 6:20 pm Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2004

Park Closed--Except Us!  Sucess!

My son Curtis and I were hiking a couple days on the AT. We'd left the truck at the parking lot for Clingman's Dome. Our planned return was at sunrise, June 8th, so that we could catch the transit of Venus (I'm an amateur astronomer and had a scope and solar filter in the truck). But it was too cloudy to see the transit.

Funny thing: No one else about. Puzzled, we packed up and headed out the east park entrance. We'd stop so I could take a few images, but there was no one on the road. This is the most highly visited national park (yes, far more than Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite!), yet there was no one around. I got to where I'd just stop on the road to take pic's. Anyway--long story shortened: Turns out the park gates were closed because there'd been an incident with the FBI chasing some wanted criminal into the park. We passed the scene of the incident and there were all manner of cops (local, county, FBI, etc) for several miles before the east gate.

Eleutheros

Eleutheros - Mar 17, 2006 7:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 12, 1995

Fog and Rain  Sucess!

Beautiful hike in the fog and rain. No view from the tower, but the forest was alive.

Scrambling Man

Scrambling Man - Feb 14, 2006 9:00 pm

AT Hike: Spring of 2000  Sucess!

Great hike along the AT. The tower is unique and oddly out of place, but it does allow for views of the mountains.

Joseph Claghorn

Joseph Claghorn - Jan 24, 2006 10:41 pm

Route Climbed: Paved access trail Date Climbed: September 2005  Sucess!

Although I'm generally not a fan of highpoint structures, I actually like this one. It doesn't sit on the highpoint itself, and it gradually ramps up to lift you above the trees to see the views (which would be non-existant were it not for the flying saucer). The affect is somewhat lost now with the fir tree blight.

koz

koz - Jan 3, 2006 12:28 am

Route Climbed: From the parking lot Date Climbed: September 16, 2003  Sucess!

Highpoint #24. Fourth stop in our attempt to bag GA-SC-NC-TN-VA-KY in a day. Definitely want to come back & hike around here.

vbc285

vbc285 - Dec 3, 2005 4:15 pm

Route Climbed: A.T. Date Climbed: March, 2003  Sucess!

Hit the summit along the A.T. on a section hike. Lots of snow drifts and ice all over the trail...Lots of fun!

Alcas24

Alcas24 - Nov 3, 2005 1:44 am

Route Climbed: A.T. Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2004  Sucess!

Climbed as part of a three day backpack trip. Started at the road to nowhere and spent the first night along Hazel Creek. Ascended to the AT and summit on the second day, descending and camping along Forney Creek the second night. Out to the road the third day. Awesome trip.

cybond

cybond - Oct 16, 2005 6:54 pm

Route Climbed: Via AT Date Climbed: April 2005  Sucess!

When one of my friend's and I summited it, freezing fog and mist obscured any chance of a view. Our visibility was about 10 feet in front of us, with light snow at the top. Temps dropped down in the single digits with wind chill. Ice and snow covered much of the trail, at best there was frozen mud. Probably should have worn crampons. Excellent time with a good friend. Highly recommended whether you are on a family trip (visit in different weather!) or a backpacker on the AT.

TLP

TLP - Sep 27, 2005 12:30 pm

Route Climbed: path from parking lot Date Climbed: September 25, 2005  Sucess!

No view, totally foggy. Very WINDY on the tower. My 11th State highpoint.

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