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Ascent of Clingmans Peak on 2001-06-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Friday, June 15, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clingmans Peak
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6520 ft / 1987 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy road hike from Stepps gap on way to Mount Mitchell. The summit has 3 towers, not accessible.

From Stepps gap on Mount Mitchell Parkway #128, park at the Park Office, accross the road is a gravel gated service road, sign reads "Mt Mitchell Radio Tower". Hike the road to the south to the summit area ..... the summit is a fenced in Communication tower and not accessible.
On the return trip I visited the Mount Gibbs summit ....... a short trail hike from the service road (at the col between Clingmans Peak and Mount Gibbes by the service buildings) leads to the summit's benchmark.

NB - Alternately to the left of the gated service road is an overgrown herd path (parallel to the road) that climbs to Gibbs.
Also Mount Hallback (immediately north of Stepps gap and a short bushwack) and Potato Knob (semi bushwack) couldn't be added to this trip.

"IF YOU DON'T STAND FOR SOMETHING, YOU'LL FALL FOR ANYTHING."

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:420 ft / 128 m
    Elevation Loss:420 ft / 128 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:420 ft / 128 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:from stepps gap service road south
    Trailhead:mt mitchell parkway  6100 ft / 1859 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:420 ft / 128 m
    Route:from stepps gap service road south
    Trailhead:mt mitchell parkway  6100 ft / 1859 m



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