Ascent of Clingmans Dome on 2011-06-03

Climber: Micah Stiegler

Date:Friday, June 3, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Clingmans Dome
    Location:USA-Tennessee/North Carolina
    Elevation:6643 ft / 2024 m

Ascent Trip Report

Gatlinburg, TN & Pigeon Forge, TN are tourist meccas & were extremely congested, crowded, & slow to get through. But after entering Great Smoky Mountains Park, it was an easy & beautiful drive to the trail head with plenty of wildlife sightings. I saw deer, coyotes, foxes, & plenty of squirrels along the nice, winding, postcard perfect road leading up the mountain.

Easy hike up to the curling lookout tower. I thought it was pretty funny that some of the other visitors (not even going to call them hikers) were having difficulty with this easy hike up a paved trail. This paved trail does connect to the Appalachian Trail & there are signs indicating so.

It's possible to see Mount Mitchell, North Carolina from the lookout tower, but on this day the surrounding pollution layer made it too hazy. Beautiful sunset though.

On the way back to my truck, an older couple were saying they saw a bear with two cubs right off the trail. I too heard some very convincing sounds not too far away, but all I was able to see was what I thought was the top of one of their heads.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Nice Day

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