Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.
Thanks to our Georgia PJAMM Cycling collaborator Alex Berry, Roswell, GA for these photo contributions
Thanks to Bill Haughee for the photo contribution.
Finish - Clingmans Dome
Clingmans Dome Visitor Center .6 miles from the dome at 11.5%
Start(click and drag map; double click to move forward)
Note: Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Clingman's Dome RideWithGPS page. Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub- segment for this climb. Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the mouse at the end point. This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page: (a) distance, (b) elevation gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.
Ice flow just before Newfound Gap, mile 13
Each elevation grid is ~ 1/4 mile.
Hover cursor over segment slices (left) for exact grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.
Highway 441 to Clingmans Dome is a Top 100 climb in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to the preceding Wikipedia link, Clingman's Dome is the highest mountain in the Smoky Mountains, the highest point in the state of Tennessee and the highest point along the 2,174 mile Appalachian Trail. We will document this climb in summer 2016. Until then, here is an excellent summary of the climb from SteepClimbs.com.