Ascent of Cumberland Mountain-Fort Gibson on 1992-03-17

Climber: Greg Slayden

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 Report

After 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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