Mt. Cammerer from Low Gap

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10.8 Miles 17.4 Kilometers


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2,941' 897 m

Ascent

-2,941' -896 m

Descent

5,010' 1,527 m

High

2,334' 712 m

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Avg Grade (6°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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A wooded trail with a 360-degree view payoff on top of the mountain.

Christine Esswein

Overview

A wooded ascent via the Low Gap Trail and Appalachian Trail (AT) will lead visitors to the 360-degree view atop the Mt Cammerer at the fire lookout tower. The mountain sits on the Tennessee and North Carolina border.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Spring — Views
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

This route begins with three miles of the Low Gap Trail before connecting with the Appalachian Trail (AT). The Low Gap Trail section has the most elevation gain and a couple of easy streams to cross as it follows the side of the mountain. There are multiple cutbacks as you wind your way up to the Appalachian Trail (AT) which offer some nice views of the area through the trees.

There is a small clearing at the Appalachian Trail (AT) junction and few large rocks which make a great resting spot. Once you start along the Appalachian Trail (AT) there is less elevation gain along the top ridge of the mountain. The trail is wooded and sometimes tunnel like until you reach the summit. There is some scrambling at the peak to climb to the lookout tower.

This trail can also be done on horseback, and there is a tie up for the horses right before going out to the outcropping where the tower is.

The summit of Mt. Cammerer sits on the edge of a rocky outcropping overlooking the Pigeon River Gorge at almost 5,000 feet.

History & Background

The octagonal fire lookout at the summit of Mt. Cammerer was built in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corp.

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Mar 25, 2017
Matt Schmuck
Feb 25, 2017
Emily Capps
12.2mi
Dec 29, 2016
David Hitchcock
Hiked from Low Gap to the Mount Cammerer. The Lookout Tower was great, very windy up there. Lots of climbing up, hard on the knees on the way down. 11.2mi
Nov 20, 2016
Terry Nowell
10.8mi
Nov 2, 2016
Xiaosong Geng
Oct 22, 2016
Catherine Johnson
Oct 17, 2016
Tommy Scalf
Beautiful hike up a nice valley. Fairly easy climb to Mt. Cammerer. Do this hike!
Aug 27, 2016
James Smith
A little exploration around the fire tower and other places added some distance. 12mi — 7h 06m

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All Clear 62 days ago
Mostly Dry, Fallen Trees - Trail is in great shape. Footing is solid. There is some deadfall on Low Gap, but it was simple to get around or over.
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