Ascent of Cumberland Mountain-Fort Gibson on 1992-03-17
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 17, 1992|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Cumberland Mountain-Fort Gibson|
| Elevation:||2100 ft / 640 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter that, I decided to do a short hike, to the Tri-State knob just south from the actual Cumberland Gap. So I drove uphill, underneath Pinnacle Overlook, my car sputtering badly, to a parking area on the side of the road where the trail started. Bringing only my neck canteen, the park service map, and my green jacket, I hiked up a wide, well-graded trail up to the crest of Cumberland Mountain, where a little shelter and monument marked the exact point where Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky met.
Here I rested for a while, looking at views through the barren trees of the valley below, and left to go further south along the ridge when a couple of kids arrived. For the next hour or so I hiked the easy but sharp-crested ridge south for about a half-mile or so, passing another Civil War earthworks and crossing several summits, unsure of which was highest. At a summit where the next higher one seemed to be quite a ways further, I turned around and retraced my steps back to the car, seeing no one else. At Tri-State Knob, I checked the trail register there and saw that about thirty schoolkids had been there after me--I hadn't realized that the kids I had seen were just the first wave of the same group I had seen back at the Visitor Center.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||460 ft / 140 m|
| Trailhead:||Cumberland Gap 1640 ft / 499 m|
| Quality:||2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Partly Cloudy|
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