The mountains are calling and I must go. ~ John Muir

Friday, January 7, 2011

Clingmans Dome, Tennessee ~ elevation 6,643 feet

August 25, 2008
Clingmans Dome via the parking area, 1 mi
Class 1; Elevation Gain 330 ft

The only peak all three of us have hiked...
that we didn't hike together

Julie on the Hen Wallow Falls trail

Clingmans Dome was the first high peak that Julie and Tim summited on our cross-country drive (and move) west.  We had a fantastic couple of days of camping, making pancakes in the rain, hiking waterfall trails, and hitting another high peak – even if it was only a ½ mile walk to the summit!

Clingmans Dome was mostly drivable, with a steep walk and a climb to the top of the observation tower.  On a clear day, they say you can see over 100 miles, with views of several states.  We saw clouds and haze as far as the eye could see and, therefore, couldn’t see much of anything.

We did, however, get to set foot on the AT once again!

A quick step on the AT
Tim, Whaddaya see?