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eric-grizLast Peak of the Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2014


HIked all the way to Celo from the parking area at Mt. Mitchell. My thighs were cramping on the way back. This hike really is as difficult as advertised.
Posted May 13, 2014 11:02 am



My first hike. I did a point-to-point, finishing atop Mt. Mitchell. At that time I was not yet afflicted with peak-bagger's disease, so I don't know if I made sure to stand on the high point.
Posted Mar 8, 2014 12:10 pm

JamesLautzenheiserWoody Ridge Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2012


Beautiful trail and awesome views! There was a homeless guy with two dogs living out of his van at the trailhead. I was a little freaked out at first but I ended up talking to him for 6 hours. There is a neat community garden at the last house on the road. Trail passes high mountain bogs, too!
Posted Jun 1, 2012 6:49 pm

sprossedaCelo and Gibbs, Woody Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 28, 2010


Took Woody Ridge trail up to crest, then manways to top of Celo and Gibbs. Very rugged and steep trail, good views on rock outcrops and crest. Very enjoyable, 5 hours round trip.
Posted Nov 30, 2010 6:53 am

MarkDidierVia Bowlens Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2010


It unfortunately rained on and off throughout the hike, and the views near the top were completely socked in. I'm sure it's beautiful on a clear day.

The trail is definitely tough to negotiate. It wasn't as steep as I was expecting, but the trail was overgrown and there were plenty of downed trees. I wondered at times if we were hiking or bushwhacking.
Posted Jun 14, 2010 5:18 pm

KoonsyBowlens Creek  Sucess!


Fairly easy and simple hike up but the weather sucked bad, rain, wind and no clear views.
Posted Apr 28, 2010 7:11 pm

TomSellickLives up to its reputation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2009


Up Bowlens Creek - what a climb, especially with a heavy pack. Camped near Horse Rock, freezing cold. Next day (summit day) was some of the most perfect fall weather I've ever seen. Solid trail to the top - benchmark must be covered with leaves / dirt. Actually, one of my favorite 6ers so far.
Posted Oct 26, 2009 6:58 pm

cgwaltersstopped by
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2009


Came up Horse Rock, went over to Celo Knob (usually only walk by, on my coverage of the Ridge Crest Trail).
Now and again, I will go up a non-supported trail paralleling Horse Rock, coming out by Gibbs Mtn, but it in not marked.
Posted Apr 12, 2009 12:54 pm

montanachrisUp Bowlens Creek...
Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2008


...to some solitude in the south? Yes! Didn't see another soul and loved the alpine feel of the meadows up top!
Posted Dec 16, 2008 10:36 pm

wyattwwoody ridge trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2007


A very nice hike and steep enough to be interesting. Nice views and a great meadow up high for lunching, but best of all there were blackberries everywhere! There's one good thing about August in the South.
Posted Aug 26, 2007 10:38 pm

TheonestarVia Woody Ridge Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2007


not easy, but done-The descent was the worst part in my opinion.
Posted Aug 26, 2007 12:11 am

Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2007


via the Woody Ridge Trail
Posted Aug 9, 2007 8:15 pm

CortezCelo & Gibbs via Woody Ridge, January 27, 2007  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2007


Bloody hell!! This had to have been one of the steepest hikes I have ever done. The last mile and a half of the Woody Ridge Trail before its confluence with the Black Mtn. Crest trail is brutal. Whoever designed this trail did not believe in switch-backs. Complicating the vertical ascent was the thick layers of ice on some of the rocky portions of the trail plus the loose mud from the snow melt. It took my wife and I 3 1/2 hrs to get up and about an hour & 5 min. to get back to the trailhead.
Posted Jan 28, 2007 8:27 pm

GAHikerGirlSome Crazy-Assed Whacking...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2005


But follow your instincts and you'll get there. It takes patience. We found a camera near the summit!
Posted Apr 20, 2006 10:15 pm

mlandau3Route Climbed: Woody Ridge Trail Date Climbed: August 27, 2005  Sucess!


I concur that it's a leg burner, particularly the middle third (4200' to 5200'). But it's doable (4 hrs up and 2 down).
Posted Aug 28, 2005 2:04 pm

e-docRoute Climbed: Bowlens Creek Date Climbed: december 2004  Sucess!


A nice dayhike from Bowlens Creek. This stretch of trail is the last one I've hiked in the Blacks. A dusting of snow below foot of snow up high. Nice view and bushwhacked off back to Bowlens Creek trail. Try Woody's Ridge trail, a leg burner.
Posted Aug 17, 2005 11:39 am

BobSmithRoute Climbed: Black Mountain Crest Trail from Deep Gap to manway. Date Climbed: July 3, 2005  Sucess!


One of the toughest hikes of my career. The Crest Trail from Deep Gap to Celo Knob (and return) is the ruggedest route I've had to negotiate. Lots of extreme drops and climbs, with some patches requiring the use of ones hands to make the scrambles.

In addition, I was dogged all day by thick cloud cover, and heavy downpours on my return to Deep Gap to pack up my campsite and make the hike over the highest of the sixers to Mount Mitchell.

Well, I bagged Celo Knob, but I can't say it was a pleasure.
Posted Jul 5, 2005 11:08 am

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