Ascent of Mount Kephart on 2012-07-22

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Sunday, July 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Kephart
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6217 ft / 1894 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt 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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