Mt. Guyot

Named for the famous antebellum geographer Arnold Guyot, this peak is the second highest mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Interestingly, this mountain bears Guyot's name although he was presumably not the first person to reach its summit. While an aboriginal ascent is debatable, the frontier between NC and TN was first surveyed in 1821-- a full decade before Guyot himself began a systematic topographical study of the region. Today, despite the passage of well over a century and a half, this peak is still remote. The venerable Appalachian Trail passes along the high flanks of Mt. Guyot, but leaves the summit save for those hikers willing to ditch their packs and forge through a dense Frasier Fir forest via an overgrown manway. And for such intrepid souls, tagging the USGS benchmark is the primary reward, as views are non-existant; but, on the other hand, expending the energy to reach the top is worth something else: the satisfaction (and bragging rights)of bagging the rarely visited second highest peak in the US's most heavily used National Park.

Elevation (feet): 6,621
Elevation (meters): 2,018
Continent: North America
Country: United States
State: North Carolina,Tennessee
Latitude: 35.705
Longitude: -83.2575
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Year first climbed: 1821
First successful climber(s): survey party
Nearest major airport: McGhee-Tyson, Knoxville, TN or Asheville (AVL)
Convenient Center: Cosby, TN

Thanks to Travis Sutton Byrd for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

There are 4 trip reports for Mt. Guyot.

  • Log #13738 - by Brianna Bakow on Dec 24, 20023.00 stars
    An amazing view at the top. It was a long hike for us to get there, but once completed brought pride and joy to all. I am hoping to one day complete the entire AT trail, so this practice hike was a...
  • Log #13739 - by patrick on Dec 19, 20023.00 stars
    peak #30 of the 40 southern sixers. Took the old manway up from the AT to the false summit. Found Cairn but don't stop there. Continue south 1/2 mile through blowdowns and briars to the TOP and the...
  • Log #13740 - by Rusty DeShazo on Mar 23, 20013.00 stars
    The Appalachian Trail skirts 300-400 feet below the summit. We took a manway up and saw a University of Tennessee Fir tree study area, then bushwacked to the highest point. We never found the survey...
  • Log #13741 - by Francesco Petrarch on Jan 11, 20013.00 stars
    Back in January of 86 or 87 I hiked up Inadu or Snake Den mountain. The worst part was opening the frozen sleeves to install the tent poles while we were setting up camp- they were frozen so it was...