Sam Knob (6-28-12)
When the thermometer at home tops 90-degrees there's only one thing a responsible father can do...find a nice, cool mountain summit for his kids to explore! Sam Knob fits the bill nicely. As the closest 6,000-footer to our home, its a familiar and favorite peak of ours and the 70-degree temps up top would bring some welcome relief.
We ascended from the Ivestor Gap trailhead parking lot which meant that it would only be a couple mile round trip. That was fine because the touch of humidity in the air would have made a longer hike more of a trial for two young boys. I don't usually post hikes with my kids but I thought I would here just to share a day in my 'family life'...
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 35.325752, -82.881991
Route Type: Out-and-back Difficulty: MODERATE
Hike Length: 3.0 miles Hike Duration: 1:15
Trailhead Temp: 77'F Trail Traffic: 10-25 people
Min. Elevation: 5,650' Max. Elevation: 6,050'
Total Vertical Gain: 400' Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 267'
Trails Used (Blaze Color):
Sam Knob (blue), Sam Knob Summit (unblazed)