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.
We hiked this right after Big Schloss earlier on the same day.
We crossed the street from Wolf Gap campsite parking lot and headed up the trail as it passed some picnic tables. The trail is initially very wide and leaf covered but the blazes are more than enough to keep us on the right track. The trail travels up the ridge and then slightly down before going back up again on a fairly rocky path for about 3/4 of a mile. As it head to the knob, the trail hits 2 rock scramblings that are about 30 yards apart. After the second rock part, the trail goes on a bit before hitting a campsite with a great view of the valley on the west side. If you travel further down the trail past the campsite it will continue on as part of Mill Mountain trail but you will have passed Tibbet Knob.
The views are pretty good. Compared to Old Rag, Strickler Knob, or Big Schloss, Tibbet Knob's view is more limited in angle (180 at best) but still great nonetheless. We'd recommend this trail to anyone who liked Big Schloss but wants something slightly more difficult and rocky and more secluded (We saw at least 8 groups of people while on Big Schloss but no one on Tibbet Knob). Overall a great hike and the ratings on here is fairly accurate.
Date of Hike: Sunday, March 27, 2016
The hike is steep at some parts, but it's short enough to not make you feel discouraged. The overlook view is amazing (view of the Trout Run valley and the Big Schloss). Also the sunset from there is gorgeous. Nice camping areas (well protected from the wind. We picked the one 10m from to the overlook.
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Nice, short hike with great views, especially this time of year with all the leaves down. Easy access from the Wolf Gap parking lot. Actually a lot of nice car camping sites in the area. Combined this with the Big Schloss hike for a very pleasant day of hiking. Started Tibbet around 12:30ish and finished Big Schloss around 4:30. Tibbet has good variety of ups and downs during the trail, but nothing arduous or sustained. Nice little scramble to get to the top. A few patches of ice this time of year, but some easy bypasses. Due to it's variety and relative ease, it's a good hike for a family just starting to experiment with hiking or for someone looking for a relaxing hike with a good pay off.
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 22, 2015
It was an enjoyable hike. I did it with my 6 yr old son after hiking the Big Schloss. He still had energy and mine mostly gone. This hike was not too hard but does seem a little more than a '2', for the rock scrambles. Big Schloss did not have that. I thought Big Schloss was easier, but could be biased since we hiked that one first.
This hike is easier (gradual up hill) in the first part, with a bigger incline and all up-hill in the 2nd half. The rock scrambles are closer to the top and after reaching a 2nd scramble the hike is almost over. Just a little more uphill, round a bend and the clearing is right there. NICE!
There was a couple in the big camp area and reported to have seen rattle snake earlier. I found another established spot (with rock circle for fire) which we took, though the couple said we could set up there.
Very quiet at night. For the most part, could only hear the bug (locusts? and other bugs). No bears, raccoons', chipmunks, etc., heard a few owls and distant dog barks in the valley, at night. Had hung trash up in a tree and nothing bothered it.
Date of Hike: Friday, June 19, 2015
I did this after doing Big Schloss in the morning which may have played a role but, as others have written, the difficulty scale on this hike probably is too low. The majority of the hike going out is uphill. The rock scramble is not too bad going up but you have to be careful coming down so as not to twist an ankle. The view from Tibbet Knob is gorgeous. Folks have clearly take the idea that there is the perfect campsite immediately past the knob to heart as there is a significant fire ring and someone has even piled stones to make a very nice stone bench. It may have been that my legs were tired from doing Big Schloss first but the hike took me 3.5 hours with just under 30 minutes at the knob. Great hike if you want to work a little harder for your reward.