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.
Fun hike today! My wife and my 10yo son were able to make it without any trouble. Took us about 3 hours including a short (chilly) snack break at the top. The scrambles were fine but there was a sheet of ice on some of the rocks - slippery! The view at the top is a great reward for an invigorating hike. We only saw one group of people so the solitude was wonderful. Stopped in Woodstock for a nice country dinner at the Spring House Tavern.
Date of Hike: Monday, October 28, 2013
Got off work early and headed up to Wolf Gap, had hiked Big Schloss the previous weekend and wanted to see what Tibbett Knob was like. OMG! What a blast! I had the trail all to myself and got up there at sunset and it was so amazingly quiet and beautiful I just stood there on the rock outcropping in awe! Ended up a little bit in the dark on the way back, but my hiking poles saved me from a few falls. Absolutely my favorite hike so far this fall. Thanks for your maps, guides, etc.
Date of Hike: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Great Hike- camped at the top- cold, fiercely windy and electric and slightly snowy. Good fire to keep warm. BUT I am really hoping to find my lost Samsung Galaxy Note phone. Don't know if it fell out of my side pack pocket on the way back down the next morning or on the way back home :(
I left a note at the Wolf Gap Campground Board.
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Yesterday weather was beautiful! The parking lot was packed after the shutdown is over last week. The leaves are at high to peak color. Once we get to the summit, it is a wonderful view of the valley with all this vibrant color. The leaves are already falling on the ground at about 35 percents. Tibbet and Big Schloss are one of my favorite.
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 06, 2013
This is a great hike. I started at Wolf Gap Campground and walked across the street to the trailhead. I enjoyed this hike, but do wish that it was longer. It came out to 652' of vertical climb according to my app, so while the views are amazing, it's not very strenuous. This is a great hike for beginners wanting a more rugged hike and great views.
I found the 2 rock scrambles to be a lot of fun but you do need to be careful on your descent. I'll be back here in a couple of weeks for peak fall colors.