Ascent of Mount Kephart on 2019-03-15

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, March 15, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Kephart
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6217 ft / 1894 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine Mount Kephart is the 12th highest named highpoint in Tennessee. The weather did not begin well for me, so I waited in my car at Newfound Gap until it stopped raining and the clouds cleared after 11:00 AM. I began my climb following the Appalachian Trail from Newfound Gap where I was 2.4 air miles from Mount Kephart. I passed Mount Ambler (the 16th highest named highpoint in Tennessee) after 1 hour and 42 minutes where that summit was only 90 feet off the trail to the right. From here it was only .47 air mile to Mount Kephart. I continued hiking northeast on the Appalachian Trail and reached a trail junction 10 minutes later where the Appalachian Trail forked to the right. You go straight here and follow in the direction of The Jumpoff Trail. In just 3 minutes there is a spur trail on the right to The Jumpoff. Take this trail and in 6 minutes after covering about 2.5 miles from the trailhead at Newfound Gap you reach the summit of Mount Kephart. There is a good view to the west here, but it is well worth hiking an extra quarter mile on the trail to The Jumpoff where there is a magnificent view that is well worth the added mileage. I was so glad the weather had cleared from this morning. After I returned to the summit of Mount Kephart again, I hiked back to Newfound Gap from there in 1 hour and 46 minutes.
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