Route Climbed: 19 mile loop, from the Black Mountain Campground up the Mt. Mitchell trail to the summit of Mt. Mitchell, then Deep Gap Trail to Summits of Mt. Craig, Big Tom, Balsams Cone, and Cattails Peak, down Colbert Ridge Trail, hike back through to
Mt. Craig had some great views and was a fun experience. The 19 mile loop was long and tiring but Mt. Craig was a highlight of it. Check out my trip report on the Mt. Mitchell page.
Route Climbed: Deep Gap Trail. Date Climbed: 11-10-2004
This was my first climb of Mount Craig. The weather was perfect for this time of the year. It was cool, but not too cold. I encountered just a few patches of ice. The deep balsam forests in the gaps were chilly, but the exposed peaks were comfortable until the sun began to set and the wind picked up. One of the most spectacular peaks in the southern US. Even more impressive than the nearby, and higher, Mount Mitchell.