This is a nice gradual climb that can be done in an afternoon. We left the carpark at 13:30 & were back by 15:30.
There was a lot of fresh blowdown along the trail from Hurricane Katrina. Cons crews had already cleared most of the debris from the trail.
The weather was unusually dry for this time of year in east Tennessee. The temp was around 87 degrees Farenheit. It was evident by the dry leaves that the trees were parched. The myriad water sources were also dry.
Along the trail there were several nices boulders and small cliffs>>Nice for a shrort scramble>>
The summit lacks views in September.
The serenity of the summit has been detroyed by man with the placement of a cell phone/radio tower, a derelect building and a dilapadated fire tower surrounded by an obnoxioux chain-linked fence with razor wire that has been closed to the public since April 25, 2005. The crows nest at the top of the tower had been removed.
There is a spring (Tub Spring) about 0.06 miles down the hill from the summit.
Climbed during the Barkley on the April dates, training on the others.