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City: White House
Country: United States
Begins: Oct 21, 2007
Date: Fri, Oct 26th, 2007
Start: Clingman's Dome, TN
End: Newfound Gap, NC
Daily Distance: 16
Trip Distance: 32.0
Hours Hiked: 7.5
Min Elevation: 5045
Max Elevation: 6643
Min Temp: 43
Max Temp: 65
Entry Visits: 196
Journal Visits: 196
Guestbook Views: 42
Guestbook Entrys: 0
Clingman's Dome to Newfound Gap
Was in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park with my wife Jan.... It was a beautiful day, with temps in Gatlinburg in the 70 degree range. However, it was MUCH different at the top of Clingman's Dome.
We parked the car in the parking lot, and I threw on my pack. We hiked up to the summit of the Dome (6,643') and took some pictures. At the summit, it was about 43 degrees, and the wind was blowing at 25mph. Needless to say, we didn't stay up there very long. We began our trek down to Newfound Gap. The visibility on this day was better than I had ever seen it.... I thanked the good Lord for the visibility...
As we moved thru the forest down towards the Gap, I began to warm up due to the exercise... When we left the Dome, I had on a fleece jacket underneath a light windbreaker... At about mile 4, I decided it was much too warm for the fleece. Jan and I stopped, drank some water, and removed the fleece jacket.
As we descended down from 6,643' to the Gap at 5,045', we noticed that more people coming from Newfound Gap began to slow down.... it's a steady 200'/mile climb up, and some of the people had heavy (50#) packs...
Came down to the Gap after about a 3 hour jaunt, and took some more pictures of the view... Again, the good Lord showed us favor with the view and visibility.
Now we had to hike back up to the Dome, since that is where our transportation back to Gatlinburg was located. This time, it took us about 3.5 hours to go back up, but it was a wonderful time.
HikerRandy's 2007 Appalachian Trail Hiking Journal
The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org
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