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EleutherosThe Easy Way Too...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2010


Climbed this with my dog "Bear" on a 4-mile jaunt from Mount Mitchell. Hope to come back and hike the whole Black Mountain crest when I have a weekend. Sunny and cool.
Posted Oct 16, 2010 6:10 pm

MarkDidierThe Easy Way...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2010


Climbed from the Deep Gap Trailhead near Mt. Mitchell. The trail was muddy with plenty of slick rocks due to all the recent rain. We had partially clear skies to Mt. Craig and then the low lying clouds took over so we decided to shorten our day and stopped shortly after Balsam Cone.
Posted Jun 17, 2010 10:00 pm

argothorhiked after Mitchell  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2010


Hiked the 1.4 miles along the ridge line that separates Mitchell from Craig. Beautiful hike through the spruce woods. Pretty easy "strenuous" hike. It had been quite cloudy, but the clouds lifted so we had some nice views.
Posted May 31, 2010 8:19 pm

sprossedaBeautiful peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 1997


This beautiful, high, cone peak has a great view. Amazing scenic sub-alpine area in the south.
Posted Oct 6, 2009 7:12 am

KoonsyCrest Trail  Sucess!


Easy little hike along the ridge. Cool views
Posted Jul 7, 2009 1:01 am

peakrat76Deep Gap to Cattail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2009


Best view along the ridge from Craig to Cattail. The clouds parted long enough on our return trip for some nice panoramas. Fun peak.
Posted Jun 2, 2009 4:42 pm

RedwicMy Namesake Peak...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2009


Considering this peak shares my first name, I kept telling people that I would summit it even if it were in terrible weather conditions. Both things came true: I summited the peak and the weather took a nasty turn... raining hitting me sideways. However, my GPS device and map showed Big Tom only a short distance away so I continued on to there before turning around. Plus, I had already summited Mount Mitchell shortly beforehand.
Posted May 27, 2009 2:18 am

Sarah SimonRoute: Black Mountain Crest Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2009

Sarah Simon

After visiting Mt. Mitchell, we headed out on the Black Mountain Crest Trail to Cattail Peak & back. Beautiful weather. We loved the views, but certainly (since we live in an arid area) we really enjoy the rain forest.

Partner: Husband.
Posted May 12, 2009 7:22 pm

cgwaltersmaking the loop
Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2009


Crossed (rain, mist and sleet) on my loop---12 hrs. 1 hr to Horse Rock trail, then up, over to the Bowlen's Creek end of Ridge Crest Trail, turned and went to Mitchell, before coming back to Deep Gap, down most of Colbert's Ridge, and then 'bushwack' to Locust Creek and White Oak Creek.
Posted Apr 12, 2009 12:59 pm

Bark EaterCrest trail from Mt. Mitchell  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 1996

Bark Eater

Nice ridge hike in the balsam firs.
Posted Sep 27, 2007 12:46 pm

StarManGood one


First climbed in Sept, 2004.
Posted Aug 9, 2007 8:08 pm

Theonestara foggy wet mess  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2007


Did this with my niece during our near disastrous trek on the deep gap trail. Caught one good view and then came that 30% chance of precipitation.
Posted Aug 5, 2007 10:53 pm

pingzingrDeep Gap Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007


As part of a day trip out to Deep Gap and back from Mt Mitchell parking lot.
Posted Jul 14, 2007 10:36 pm

Jerry LDeep Gap Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2007

Jerry L

Posted Jul 12, 2007 7:19 am

nayrbFrom Mitchell Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2007


Summitted w/ my friend Bill. Clouds hit the top of the mountain every once & awhile. Trail is currently being repaired from Mitchell summit. Good views of the "J" that makes up the Black Mountain range. Tagged ("Big Tom") too ... which is a smaller summit 15 minutes from Mount Craig.
Posted May 25, 2007 8:25 am

NavySeabeeRoute Climbed: Black Mountain Crest Trail to Mt. Mitchell, Mt. Craig, Big Tom, Balsams Cone, Cattail Peak and Potato Hill  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2007


This was Peak 2 of 6 in my Southern Sixer Six Pack. Check out my trip report on the Mount Mitchell page.
Posted Mar 12, 2007 2:05 pm

Thomas BeasleyMorning Trail Run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2006

Thomas Beasley

Went for a little morning trail run on the Deer Gap Trail. Hit Mount Craig and Big Tom.
Posted Nov 3, 2006 4:23 am

GAHikerGirlNice and Easy...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2005


A nice, easy summit.
Posted Apr 20, 2006 9:57 pm

TomSellickRoute Climbed: Black Mountain Crest Trail Date Climbed: September 2003  Sucess!


Have done this as part of a backpacking trip but it's one of my favorite dayhikes if I'm near the Asheville area.
Posted Aug 31, 2005 6:39 pm

CortezRoute Climbed: Black Mountain Crest Trail Date Climbed: June 4 2005  Sucess!


My wife Jennifer and I hiked Mt. Craig early in the summer on our traverse of the Black Mountain Crest Trail which begins at the Mt. Mitchell picnic area. This continuously rolling, steep and slippery trail (especially past Deep Gap) hits 7 named Southern Sixers (Mt. Mitchell, Mt. Craig, Balsam Cone, Cattail Peak/Potato Knob, Winter Star Mountain, Gibbs Mt. & Celo Knob).

The views on this were some of the best on the east coast. Late spring & early summer are good times to attempt a traverse of the North Carolina Blacks. The wildflowers at this time are showing their colors, the ferns are unrolling & the Balsam forests are alive with all kinds of wildlife. Also, the brutal heat and humidity that characterize summer in the South usually does not set in, in earnest until mid-June.

Posted Aug 25, 2005 10:27 am

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