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Clingmans Dome, Gatlinburg, TN story submitted on 10/8/2012
I rode highway 441 from Pigeon''s Forge all the way to Clingman''s dome. The main reason it took me 2:20:00 is because of the repeated stops at select vista points. The grade is gentle but due to its length, you can feel like you''re climbing forever. So you must have focus first, before trying to disrespect the climb mainly because it will feel like all of Tennessee is in their cars driving beside you upto the summit. Speaking of summit, it can be over crowded and foggy. We rode up to the top and even up the steep ramp (11-15% grade) to the overlook. The walkers were not pleased with us, neither did we know that bikes were not allowed. Once we were done tooling around there, we made the fast tricky descent down the mountain in pouring rain and 35 mph traffic. Make sure your brakes work and put on your lights as you go through the tunnels, otherwise some serious harm may occur to you. Overall, a pleasant experience..rating 4. I will not recommend a beginning cyclist to do this climb.
JebelHafeet, Al Mubazzarah story submitted on 4/14/2013
This climb was humbling. I did this on April 13 close to sunset thinking that the cooler temperatures would make it slightly easier. How I was wrong. The 90 deg F heat with 50% humidity was the real contention, not the grade or length of the climb. Had it been a tad bit cooler, I would have been comfortable. I would recommend doing this climb in the cooler part of the calender. With compact gearing, anyone with a decent level of fitness can do this climb.