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.
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.
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Beautiful Sunday hike! Ran into only two other hikers, even though there were several groups of people hanging out at the parking and camping area near the trailhead. An easy, short trail, but nice workout, especially in the high humidity. The views from the top are amazing. I would love to come back and camp at the top to watch the sunrise. Only found one tick on my dog, but I've been using a geranium oil mixture as a tick repellant and it's worked so far! Maybe some trails just don't have as many ticks as others.
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 05, 2014
BRING BUG SPRAY!
The trail is clear but the tall grass is not maintained so you will be walking through weeds a great portion of the hike. We liberally applied bug spray and avoided any bites or ticks, but I doubt that'd be the case otherwise.
Besides the tall grass, it's a wonderful hike. That view undoubtedly deserves a 5, and there's plenty of room for many hikers to sit at the peak area. It was a Saturday and we ran into other groups but it definitely wasn't that crowded compared to how other more popular hikes would be.
I'd put the difficulty at a 3. It's about an hour each way but the uphill trek is a solid workout.
Date of Hike: Monday, March 24, 2014
A great extension to Big Schloss if you like hiking longer than 4 miles. The views are very nice and the trail isn't too difficult. It feels pretty long despite only being 3 miles. It was still very snowy on lots of the hills at points, so it made the hike much harder than it would be in the summer or late spring. The rock scramble in particular was pretty tough getting up because it was COVERED in very slick ice. But this all made it that much more unforgettable.