Clingmans Dome

Cherokee, North Carolina

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For most bikers, the thin air will be more than a minor inconvenience. Few bikers are acclimated to the diminished amount of oxygen found at higher elevations, and care should be taken not to overestimate your ability to make the transition. But breathlessness is an integral part of this ride. The climb takes you near the top of the world's oldest mountains, smoothed somewhat by their exposure to the elements for billions of years, but still obviously wild and rugged. After you've gained the summit, let your eyes fly across the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. It's recommended riding Clingmans Dome when traffic is prohibited, December 1 through March 31; otherwise, the vehicles make it unsafe.

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"For most bikers, the thin air will be more than a minor inconvenience. Few bikers are acclimated to the diminished amount of oxygen found at higher elevations, and care should be taken not to overestimate your ability to make the transition. But breathlessness is an integral part of this ride.

The climb takes you near the top of the world's oldest mountains, smoothed somewhat by their exposure to the elements for billions of years, but still obviously wild and rugged. After you've gained the summit, let your eyes fly across the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. It's recommended riding Clingmans Dome when traffic is prohibited, December 1 through March 31; otherwise, the vehicles make it unsafe."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Cherokee
Distance: 14
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Attempt this ride only during those times when the road is closed to vehicles, generally the winter.
Trailhead Elevation: 5,046 feet
Top Elevation: 6,643 feet
Local Contacts: Superintendent, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 423-423-1200
Local Maps: Great Smoky Mountains Trail Map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Clingmans Dome

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May 2018