Sam Knob Hike Route Map

Sam Knob

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  (Petzoldt Rating:  3.80 )

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)


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