Ascent of Clingmans Dome on 2016-01-05

Climber: Josh Brooks

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clingmans Dome
    Location:USA-Tennessee/North Carolina
    Elevation:6643 ft / 2024 m

Ascent Trip Report

I reached the summit via Appalachian Trail from Newfound Gap in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. There was a decent amount of snow on the trail but the sun was shining and it wasn’t too cold outside. I was the only hiker on the entire 7.9 mile ascent but there were some workers fixing a radio tower on top. The road to the top is closed this time of year and therefore allowed for a much more enjoyable hike without crowds of tourists, which normally flood the Great Smokies.
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Walkway to the observation platform atop the peak (2016-01-05). Photo by Josh Brooks.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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