Ascent of Clingmans Dome on 2010-04-06

Climber: Craig Barrett

Others in Party:Karen Barrett
Malachi Barrett
Matthew Barrett
Maccabee Barrett
Jedidiah Barrett
Rick Krout
Julietta Krout
Ricky Krout and Alexis Krout
Date:Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Clingmans Dome
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6643 ft / 2024 m

Ascent Trip Report

After initially camping in the Smokies (2004-2006) we transitioned to staying in a cabin (2008, 2010-2014). We stayed at Oak Haven Resort and had other families come to the Smokies with our family (Krout-2010, Torres-2011 and Aimesbury-2013) to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding area. Each year we pick a couple of hikes and this year an easy one was Clingmans Dome.

With a party of ten (10) we departed up the main trail, which is paved. The trail is perfect i.e. No rocks, loose rock, roots, etc. but it is continuously steep...13% grade. With adults in their mid to late 40s and children as young as 6 we had all ability levels. We stopped once for water and to reign in the tribe. Near the top we saw some grungy Appalachain Trail through hikers and where others had staged gear.

The final climb around the viewing point is a large concrete spiral entrance or walkway. Once at the top the view of the surrounding area is really nice. We had good visibility in all directions.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:332 ft / 101 m
    Total Elevation Loss:332 ft / 101 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Mostly sunny to clear, warm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:332 ft / 101 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Parking Area to Clingmans Dome
    Start Trailhead:Parking Area  6311 ft / 1923 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:332 ft / 101 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Clingmans Dome to Parking Area
    End Trailhead:Parking Area  6311 ft / 1923 m
    Time:20 Minutes

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