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marilouBlue Ridge Parkway Closed - Accessible Only From The North
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2012


Part of Thanksgiving Long Weekend high pointing trip on 7 Southern States: AL, TN, GA, SC, NC, FL, MS. However, Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville was closed, so never made it. Will have to come back for Mt. Mitchell.
Posted Nov 30, 2012 4:22 pm

funnyfarmToo bad about the fog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2012


Great day except at the top. Lots of fog. Combined this with Clingman's Dome
Posted Oct 27, 2012 5:30 pm

kevinsaMt. Mitchell  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2012


Unfortunately, no views to be had this day.
Posted Sep 15, 2012 5:55 pm

chadbwTwelfth HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2012


We took the Old Mitchell Trail after a thunderstorm had gone on all night. The trail was fairly steep and super muddy, which made for a lot of fun. We enjoyed the hike immensely.

When we got to the top we enjoyed funny looks from those who had driven to the top who couldn't understand why we were so muddy. Most of them would glance at us a few times, then break down and ask us how we had gotten so muddy just walking from our car. It was pretty funny.
Posted Aug 29, 2012 1:06 pm

huskertriguySocked in with fog & rain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2012


Third in a bid through the "Southern Six-Pack."

Not much to report. My original intention was to hike up Colbert Ridge, past Deep Gap & Big Tom -- but the bummer weather and developing blisters on my feet prompted me to take an easier, shorter route. I went with Long Arm Ridge.

The hike was a bit disappointing & frustrating due to total lack of views & rain. And the blisters went further in spite of all my preventive medicine (apparently too little, too late).

Still, I'm glad I went. Popular summit for the driving crowd.

SHP #26
Posted Aug 21, 2012 8:19 pm

Outdooraholic#20  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2012


My 20th state highpoint. It was also #4 of 4 in the same day!
Posted Aug 12, 2012 11:20 pm

Joel HopperGreat hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2012

Joel Hopper

Black Mountain to Mt Mitchell then on to Mount Craig - 6647', Big Tom - 6580', Balsam Cone 6596', and Cattail Peak 6584'. About a 16 mile day. It was muddy and cloudy, but not cold.
Posted Aug 12, 2012 8:51 am

NickyPHP #3  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2012


Another cloudy summit, but the fun is just getting there.
Posted Jul 15, 2012 7:54 am

PaulRomanoState HP #10  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2012


Took the Mount Mitchell Trail from Black Mountain Campground in clear, sunny weather. Encountered very few people along the whole trail. Great scenery from the top, but nothing too inspiring below that.
Posted May 30, 2012 4:18 am

mountainhareOld Mitchell Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2008


Parked at the main office and hiked the Old Mitchell Trail - much more enjoyable than just driving the last two miles to the summit. A good hike and satisfying meal at the park restaurant!
Posted May 24, 2012 1:42 pm

FactorJNGreat day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2012


Long drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway to get here.... extremely foggy, but we were luck to have the fog lift as we neared the summit.
Posted May 18, 2012 1:19 am

MusiscaCloudy day.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2010
My wife and I climbed up this one together. It is technically very easy, but it is a long grueling way up. There is little to see along the way and you don't get much of a view until the peak. We unfortunately summitted on a day when it was very overcast, so we weren't well rewarded. It isn't quite the same to summit a peak that has an asphault road that people can actually use to drive to the top. I would encourage trying to hit this on a sunny day. Many more beautiful hikes in NC, but this is definitely a check mark for those hitting highest points.
Posted Feb 12, 2012 2:33 pm

Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2012


What a bummer, three strikes and I was out.
Strike one - BRP closed 11 miles north of Asheville.
Strike two / three - alternate GPS routes end in closed roadways apx. 4-5 miles from park.
Did'nt try BRP from north as by this time I had traveled/searched 107 miles and 3 hours to no avail.
"I will be back".
Posted Jan 22, 2012 2:22 pm

McCannster#19  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2011


Bagged this cool mountain on a very foggy, windy, late afternoon. The park was eerily empty and we wad the entire drive, parking lot, and summit walk to ourselves, which made it pretty cool. Zero views.
Posted Nov 26, 2011 6:16 pm

markowensHP #21  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2011


It was 55 degrees in Asheville and 23 degrees at the summit parking lot. Really fun to see the clouds (aka fog) pushed up over the mountain from the west. Beautiful day. On the way out the Blue Rigde Parkway was closed due to ice and snow! I didn't see a flake on any of the roads- but what do I know! lol
Posted Nov 20, 2011 9:28 am

damgaardawesome weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2011


Drove to the top of Mitchell with "the old folks" and my brother. Frost in the trees made an awesome scenery. Hiked to Mt. Craig and Big Tom and back.
Posted Nov 2, 2011 4:34 pm

technicolorNHSolitude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2011


Two hours and fifty minutes to the summit from Black Mountain Campground in driving rain. This was my third trip up and the only time I had the trail to myself the entire day. On sunny days the top will have crowds so be aware but the snack bar at the parking lot has reasonable prices and good hot cider if you visit from May to October.
Posted Oct 6, 2011 12:42 am

FlattlanderWhen I was 12 or so...  Sucess!


...We drove most of the way up, then walked. Does that count? I guess it would matter if I cared about state highpoints, which I don't. I remember the view being sweet, and thinking, "I'm up higher than anyone east of the Mississippi!"
Posted Sep 21, 2011 5:13 pm

JowHP #19  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2011


Climbed the Old Mitchell Trail which is 4miles round trip of moderate hiking fun. Highpoint #19
Posted Sep 21, 2011 10:48 am

vbeckman74First HP Together  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2000


Foggy and cool.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 6:08 pm

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