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.
I could have not asked for a better hike today. The weather was gorgeous with air temperatures around 70. We walked through the snow in some parts which was refreshing and at the top of the hike the views were wonderful with a very light warm breeze. Snowball fight at the top in 70 degree weather was very unusual. With the melting snow there were some very slick and muddy spots to climb and coming down was challenge on the two rock climbs due to muddiness and melting snow.
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 30, 2013
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.