I bagged both peaks. First the north, then the south. Not nearly as many people on this trail as on the Art Loeb.
Via Art Loeb Trail nice outing included in a grab of Black Balsam, Tennent Mountain, Grassy Cove Top, Shining Rock & Sam Knob. Last peak of the day. Quick & easy with great views.
Did this via an unusual route (from the Devil's Courthouse)
Have probably camped on top about 10 times and hike it from 3 different trails. Also bushwacked 800 ft up from flat laurel creek. One of my favorite mountains and areas, so scenic. The craggy gneissic outcrops on top are a blast to boulder on. Magnificent views, especially at sunset.
One of our 1st Sixers.
This is the best peak in the Great Balsam Range. Excellent views from the top and a beatiful peak, with the two summits. This reminded me of a peak in the northeast. And there wasn't a single person on it the morning I climbed it.
A nice easy hike with excellent views from the summit.
A fun & quick route to the summit via the trail. No one else on the mountain this date. Superb summit view. My first trip to climb in the Blue Ridge & Great Smokies - gained a whole new perspective on the region.
The parkway was closed so we hiked out from 215 which was a really nice trail. Great weather and we had the summit to ourselves. I wish the peak was more isolated so the hike would be more rewarding.
For my money, one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Have hiked this one in all seasons from different trailheads.
Great Weather in brevard 79 F and 60's with chilly wind on sam knob, too bad it could have been the same up at 6000 ft.
Great page Bob! Made the summit on a cold day. Had great weather. Awesome view!!!
Came from Flat Laurel tr, water was high therefore waterfalls were roaring. Relatively warm (36F) and calm ( slight breeze ) for winter. Great views.
With really spectacular views. I could see the whole 8+ mile trek along the ridge from Black Balsam Knob to Cold Mountain.
I've climbed Sam Knob a number of times but my favorite route is via the Flat Laurel Creek Trail. An added bonus is exploring the waterfalls along the creek.
One of my favorite campsites is right near Sam Knob...look for it and you might get lucky
We climbed in full pack; it was kinda hard. Nice views going up and the trail was well-maintained. We set up camp on the South summit overlooking a breathtaking valley. The sunset was fantastic and the morning mists were as well.
An amazing peak! I'm glad I finally got to summit this one. Had the peak all to myself for about an hour, despite the fact that the gap below was full of people.