Ascent of Mount Kephart on 2012-07-22
|Date:||Sunday, July 22, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina/Tennessee|
| Elevation:||6217 ft / 1894 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMt Kephart is the 7th highest peak in Tennessee and ranks 20th on the South Beyond 6000 list.
It is named for Horace Kephart, a Cornell grad and St. Louis librarian who settled in the Great Smoky Mountains in 1904 and wrote the acclaimed book, Our Southern Highlanders. Peakbaggers can appreciate this quote from him: "I took a topographic map and picked out on it, by means of the contour lines and the blank space showing no settlement, what seemed to be the wildest part of these regions; and there I went."
I did Kephart as a side trip on an overnight hike to Mt LeConte. After climbing the AT from Newfound Gap, turn L on the Boulevard trail and then an immediate R on the Jumpoff Trail, which passes directly over the top of Mt Kephart on the way to a spectacular view called the Jumpoff. From the Boulevard, it's 1 mile round trip to the Kephart summit.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||377 ft / 114 m|
| Extra Gain:||100 ft / 30 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1 mi / 1.6 km|
| Route:||Jumpoff Trail|
| Trailhead:||Boulevard Trail 6040 ft / 1840 m|
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