- Highest spot: 5042′ Lowest spot: 2250′
- 11.2 miles RT
- Difficulty: Strenuous
Mt. Cammerer is also known as Sharp Top or White Top. The Appalachian Trail traverses it’s south slope and is part of the Smoky Mountain National Park system. Elevation 4928′.
Parking Lot Elevation: 2250′ Low Gap Trail: 2.9 miles One Way We began our trek up Mt. Cammerer at the Cosby, TN Campground in the Hiker’s Parking Lot (else you will get a ticket). This adds about 1/2 mile to the trek. This is considered the easiest route via Low Gap Trail to the Appalachian Trail and then branching off on the Mt. Cammerer Trail for the last .6 miles. Low Gap Trail is a constant incline for 2.9 miles to the junction of the Appalachian Trail. During the summer months, the trail is closed in by heavy vegetation and is not very rocky (soft loamy forest floor).
Low Gap / Appalachian Trail Junction Elevation: 4242′ Appalachian Trail Section: 2.1 miles One Way Take a left on the Appalachian Trail where you will be walking on the ridge line. You will continue to climb gradually. The trail climbs up and over a knob that is 5042′ (the high spot of the hike) just before you get to the Mt. Cammerer Trail Junction. We walked through some muddy sections that were uncharacteristic of a ridge line trail. The trail is more weedy than normal as this area has seen a lot of rain. The strange invasive orange vine had covered a lot of the lower vegetation.
Appalachian Trail / Mt. Cammerer Trail Junction Elevation: 4950′ Mt. Cammerer Trail: .6 miles One Way Take the .6 mile Mt. Cammerer spur trail to the top. It was lined in blueberries. Near the top, there are rock outcroppings made of Thunderhead sandstone. Within the sandstone run veins of quartz and blue granite.
The octagon shaped lookout tower at the top was built in 1937 and is in fairly good condition. The 360 degree view from the top is well worth the climb. The rocks boast evidence of previous survey markers that have been removed.