Mount Cammerer via Low Gap Trail

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Mount Cammerer via Low Gap Trail is a 11.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cosby, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 11.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,169 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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forest

river

views

wild flowers

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rocky

snow

no dogs

This route to Mt. Cammerer's summit begins from the Low Gap Trailhead in the Cosby Campground and it the most commonly hiked route to the top, perhaps because it is the shortest in length. In addition to being the shortest route to the summit, this hike is quite steep. You will begin your hike on the Low Gap Trail. This portion of the journey has a lot of elevation gain as you make your way up the Cosby Creek valley. When you reach the junction with the Appalachian Trail, turn left and enjoy a less steep potion of the ascent with views of Cosby Valley, Snake Den Ridge and Inadu Knob before reaching the turn off for the half mile spur trail to Mount Cammerer. Hike carefully along this rocky spur trail as you make your way to the fire tower, which provides 360 degree views of the Pigeon River Gorge, Snowbird Mountain, Mount Sterling, the Big Creek area, and the Smoky Mountains.

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bugs
8 days ago

if you park at the hiker lot before the gate you will end up doing about 14 miles total RT not 11. The trail is a steady continous climb past the AT for about 3.5 miles then it levels off some but still has some ups and downs to the fire lookout. The building is in good shape but there isn't much flat space around it. If you want to stop for a snack do it beforehand or after heading down in the shade. The return is hard on middle aged - senior leg joints but improves . Plan on a full day.

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bugs
rocky
9 days ago

Black Bear! On the middle of the road we had an encounter with a black bear. It slowly walked away after a couple seconds. Scary but cool! Saw a black snake on the road also. Climb was surprisingly tough and sweaty. Worth it!

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful views at the watchtower. And trAil wasn’t too busy. The first three miles were tough but it flattens a little more the last two miles.

Brutal first 3 miles but moderate rest of the way up. Loved the ridge hike along the top. Long controlled fall on the way down.

hiking
16 days ago

First 3 miles from the Cosby campground to the AT is a steady challenging uphill hike, after the intersection with the AT the rest of the trail is fairly easy. The whole trip is well worth the hike as the view from the tower is breathtaking!

hiking
21 days ago

Awesome trail! We started at 7 am, and arrived at the tower by 10:15, only stopping along the way to take a few pics. We did not see anyone on the trail until we started heading back to trailhead. I found the trail a little strenuous but definitely manageable, for my husband and I, we found it to be harder going down because our legs were fatigued. We thought it would be so much faster, but it is harder on the knees and also the terrain. Going down was only a half hour less, so total hiking time was 6 hours. Trail easy to follow and shaded almost the entire way, views at top are great.

1 month ago

Holy crap this was a tough climb, but the payoff was worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike. Breathtaking views. But the relentless incline is a little rough..

hiking
1 month ago

There are incredible panoramic views from the watchtower at the top of the mountain. Totally worth it. The trail is very well defined the whole way.

Recorded the way up. People weren’t kidding when they say it’s relentless. Uphill the entire freakin way. Relaxed at the top for an hour. Beautiful views. Worth the pay off. We started and arrived a little later than most. It was busy at the lookout when we arrived but by 2 we were the only ones here- and on Memorial Day weekend nonethe less. You could totally sleep in the lookout for the night if needed. No electric but cell service and the door closes

1 month ago

This trail kicked my butt!! Lol! This was a no joke hike and while it was very hard, it was more than worth it. The view from the lookout tower was absolutely breathtaking and I will never forget it. It was cool to have my feet on part of the AT for part of the trip too.

hiking
1 month ago

We ended up not finishing this hike after about 1.5 miles into the AT. Unrelenting uphill which any other day would’ve been fine, we just weren’t quite prepared. Pretty but kind of boring. Plans to come back and try this hike again another time!

hiking
1 month ago

This was definitely a butt kickin' hike. The climb up Low Gap Trail is relentless with many switch backs. Once you get to the AT, it eases up...so it seems. But that's only because of the grind you have just experienced to that point. Just know that the hike up to Mount Cammerer will be a continuous climb until about the last mile. Once you summit the tower, it will all be forgotten. Just Beautiful. Spectacular 360 degree views that made all the hard work worth it. There were many signs of bear along the AT, but we never actually saw one. It took us 6 hours to complete round trip with about 45 mins lunch at the tower. Be sure to bring enough water.

hiking
2 months ago

Once connected to the AT, the views are astounding. The hike up Low Gap trail is very difficult ( I thought that going down was worse ), and with the dense forest all the way up there wasn't much to see until getting to the AT. We did see a bear on the way up, which was exciting, but other than that it was just brutal. Do this hike if you like hard things.

2 months ago

first 0.8 is not too bad. next 2.1 is brutal. get your last water at about 2.5 mi. the 2.1 on AT is tough but wont seem as tough after what you just went through on Low Gap. Low Gap this time of year is very nice with the wildflower carpet. the 0.6 to Cammerer is a roller coaster with a lot of rocks. solid hike with great views at the end

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

wow that was rough. I guess when you live in the land of corn nothing prepares you for climbing mountain terrain. views we're amazing but it was an all day adventure and I will probably be resting the next day or two.

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snow
2 months ago

2 months ago

this trail was tough. they say it's easier after the first three miles. it's not. it's uphill all the way. it's worth it though. tough, but the view from the top is absolutley breathtaking.

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blowdown
muddy
3 months ago

What a great hike. Not much in the way of vistas on the way up but get ready....the views from the top are worth the wait. This is a true hike. Not a lot of bouldering or rock scrambling but the grade can be relentless for long stretches. A+ overall.

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muddy
rocky
snow
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Highly recommend this trail! The view at the top is spectacular and well worth every step of the climb up. The climb itself isn’t difficult per se, but the steady incline can be a bit of a challenge for some. It took about 5 hours round trip. Definitely would do again.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

4 months ago

Such a great hike. Even in the winter before the trees grow their leaves back, there is so much green. There is also a beautiful stream and great views along the way. The peak is as stunning as advertised. Overall relatively strenuous but I did it in just under 5 hours with a lunch break. Totally worth it!

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