Back on July 4, 2012, June and I hiked up to the Mount Cammerer Fire Tower in the Smoky Mountains. It was a beautiful day and I got one of my favorite photos from the Fire Tower that day.
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|View from Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower in 2012|
Our daughter Holly joined us yesterday to hike back up to the fire tower, hoping for another epic view. The weather forecast was for partly cloudy and only a 20% chance of rain. What we got was 8 hours hiking in fog and rain with no epic views.
|The view on October 12, 2020|
While fog is not great if you are looking for that mountain top view, it is great for photos in the forest. The cloud cover and fog make the light very even and soft with no really bright spots. I took advantage of several "photography breaks" on the 5 1/2 miles up. Here are some of my favorites.
|Proof we made it!|
The fire tower is at an elevation of 5,054 feet, about 3,000 feet above where we started. It was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) in the 1930s. The men who built the lookout drilled and blocked the stone by hand from a quarry about a hundred yards downhill from the tower. Some of these stones weighed as much as 600 pounds! The architectural style used for the lookout was called "western" because it didn't require a raised structure to see above the trees.
After a short lunch inside the lookout we headed back down the trail. About half way down we saw something we hadn't seen all day. The sun broke through the clouds and we could see other mountain ridges in the distance. The rain had stopped and things were warming back up. Not long after, the clouds closed in again.
It was a long day. We are already talking about doing it again when the forecast is for no clouds.