Tibbet Knob is the sister hike to Big Schloss. Starting from the same parking location at the Wolf Gap Campground the hike heads in the opposite direction along the Tibbet Knob Trail. Although shorter, this hike is not as family friendly because of two short, steep scrambles to the main Tibbet Knob summit.
Big Schloss is one of the most well known, and most panoramic hikes in the region, with an almost 270° vista from the main overlook. Tibbet Knob is nearly identical in distance to the Big Schloss hike, and is every bit as spectacular. Boasting a wider and more spectacular panorama to the north and west, a wonderful vista just below the high point to the east, and probably the most perfectly placed campsite in the whole Great North Mountain area!
Where the Big Schloss hike can draw many people on nicer days, the Tibbet Knob hike generally has a fraction the number of hikers. For vista after vista, without the crowds, this hike is hard to beat.
After crossing the small summit the trail descends, then veers right between the ridges, before turning back to the left steeply uphill. In 0.4 miles from starting up the main ridge, climb the first of two steep sections that may require hand over hand climbing. Both are only 20-30 yards in length.
At the top of the first steep section the trail passes through a flat area before you reach the second steep area. After reaching the top of this scramble follow the trail for the remaining 200 yards to the top of Tibbet Knob, and pass through a thicket to one of the most spectacular overlooks in the whole region. Twenty feet past the overlook there is a great campsite that could accommodate two small tents.
To return just follow the trail back to the Wolf Gap Campground.
It was a great day for hiking, as it reached the upper 50/60's in the GWNF. Arrival was around 11, parking lot was packed but i found a spot. But we reached the summit at 1145, as being 2 college athletes, it took us no time, but with all the melted snow/ice made this hike extremely difficult in certain areas. But overall a great hike, a slow ascension which is enjoyable, but the views were fantastic and was pretty neat to see Big Schloss from range!
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 02, 2014
Perfect day for a hike. Crisp and cold, light snow falling when I started this morning. Beautiful. Trail is very well maintained, with a variety of terrain to view as you make your way up to the summit. Rock scrambles were fun and afforded good views of your progress. Chilly and gusty winds limited my time at the top, but so glad I went. Passed a few campers coming down the mountain , but otherwise pretty solitary. Went on to do Big Schloss after finishing. Big Schloss is nice, but this hike just seemed more enjoyable today. A perfect autumnal/wintery day. Highly recommend this one. Would be good for older kids.
Date of Hike: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Very well marked trail. I would recommend boots over tennis shoes for this hike. The trail is well maintained but there are many rocks that could lead to a twisted ankle without some support. The rock scrambles were a fun way to end the trip out. The view is amazing and I didn't really want to leave. Only met one group of hikers that were on their way out. A nice fall hike. Leaves were past their peak but there was still some color in the valley.
Date of Hike: Friday, October 17, 2014
Nice hike. I found the rock scramble parts fairly easy. Right now is probably perfect time for the leaves. I did find 1 tick on me when I was sitting at the top but I always forget bug spray.
Date of Hike: Thursday, September 04, 2014
Nice hike. Only two cars in the parking lot (Thursday noon) and I did not see anybody in Tibbet Knob trail so the other car' passenger must be heading to Big Schloss. Took me 2 hours up and back, with additional 30 minutes spent at the top looking at the nice view.
The two steep sections are not easy, however there are ample of steady rocks and roots where you can step on, so it's doable. However I do not think it would be safe to do after rain/ during icy weather, since it will be very slippery and therefore dangerous at these two particular parts. Going down through these sections are as hard as going up but it's short, so overall not too intimidating.
Going back to the parking is downward almost all the way, so it's a lot faster than going up.