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tadpolerunningRoute Climbed: Mt. Mitchell, Mountains-to-Sea Trail Date Climbed: December 17-18, 2005  Sucess!
With 40-pounds of gear on the weekend of an approaching cold-front, this route was suprisingly more difficult that I imagined. It took me nearly 5 hours to reach Commissory Ridge - where I left my gear to make the 1 - hour scramble to the top. I spent the night in the Commissory campsite, where my thermometer read 8 degrees Farenheit at sunrise. A cold front brought moderate snow to the middle of the mountains in the morning but the top of the trail was already covered with about 14 inches and there was ice all over the place. I only saw one other person on the mountain the whole weekend. I'll have pictures up on my blog as soon as I get them developed. www.whatdididotodeservethis.blogspot.com
Posted Dec 20, 2004 5:58 pm

mrhDate Climbed: October 29, 2001  Sucess!


A spectacular day with only 2 or 3 other people on the summit. Clear air gave fantastic views for miles, even though the leaves had pretty much dropped. The smell of the spruce/fir forest was very strong and with the terrain and deep blue sky, I felt almost like I was back out west.
Posted Dec 11, 2004 3:14 pm

jomalDate Climbed: 198?  Sucess!


I still remember my grandad putting me on his shoulders so I could be the tallest person east of the Mississippi.
Posted Oct 29, 2004 3:52 am

SmalltimeclimberRoute Climbed: Alpine Village Trail to Mount Mitchell trail Date Climbed: 25 October 2004  Sucess!
Lots of fog in the Fall obscuring the views but the Fall colours are definitely worth the trip
Posted Oct 25, 2004 12:19 am

REDHEAD1Route Climbed: MT MITCHELL TRAIL Date Climbed: OCT-3-04  Sucess!
Posted Oct 9, 2004 8:37 am

climber404Route Climbed: The big paved one Date Climbed: April, 03  Sucess!


Rather easy summit, but enjoyable non-the-less. Took the side trail down to the campground and back up again to tell myself I did something. Tell end of an epic adventure.
Posted Oct 8, 2004 3:38 pm

jenniferdenoyaDate Climbed: November 9, 2003  Sucess!


A perfect hike for a fall day...the leaves were very cooperative, even in early November!
Posted Oct 6, 2004 11:15 am

woodstriderDate Climbed: 6-6-98  Sucess!


As it was a rainy miserable day, Bob Schultz and myself elected to do a short hike up to the summit, as opposed for a more ambitious one planned, or out and out driving to the top.
Posted Sep 9, 2004 3:00 pm

dspalRoute Climbed: Mt. Mitchell trail Date Climbed: August 1997  Sucess!


Long, many grueling switchbacks, but smooth, few rocks, no scrambling, few views of the Smokey’s until very top, highest peak in NC and East of the Mississippi
Posted Jul 31, 2004 3:55 pm

Tbacon251Route Climbed: Mount Mitchell Trail Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2005


This is a wonderfull climb. At the top you can see (on a clear day) Clingmans Dome in the GSMNF. After a long climb to the top, you get to see all of the people who drove up. You are tired and they are not. Nice.

Posted Jul 26, 2004 1:54 am

flechenbonesDate Climbed: many times  Sucess!


Haven't been there in some time but it is a beautiful area of the Appalachian mountains. My father's side of the family settled in this area early on and were among the searchers who found Dr. Mitchell's body in 1857.
Posted Jul 21, 2004 9:00 pm

BobSmithRoute Climbed: Traditional walk up. Date Climbed: Many times.  Sucess!


I live in NC, so I've been to the top of Mount Mitchell a number of times. Most people I know are usually socked in when they get to the peak, but I've been fortunate in that the weather has cooperated with clear skies almost every trip I've made.

Posted Apr 20, 2004 10:10 pm

rolkamonRoute Climbed: Colbert Ridge / Deep Gap Date Climbed: 28 March 2002  Sucess!


This is the long way. From Carolina Hemlocks Campground take the Colbert Ridge trail to Deep Gap then Deep Gap trail to Mt. Mitchell. The Deep Gap Trail crosses 4 peaks, theres alot of up and down. We came back via the Buncome Pack Trail. This trail crosses several old camps Where the trail isn't readily apparent. This round trip is about 18 miles. There are campsites at Deep Gap.
Posted Mar 28, 2004 11:26 am

ChrisRoute Climbed: Road via bicycle Date Climbed: May 2003  Sucess!


This is actually a really fun bike ride. We rode up the Blue Ridge Pkwy from Asheville to Mount Mitchell. It wound up being a big ride with monster elevation gain... more like climbs out in the Rockies. Very fun, highly recommended. Apparently the 'Assault on Mount Mitchell' bike ride/race is supposed to be awesome too.
Posted Mar 23, 2004 10:03 pm

mposnerRoute Climbed: Mt Mitchell Trail Date Climbed: June 21, 2003  Sucess!


A fun hike to the highest point east of the Mississippi.

Went with a bunch of friends. Nice weather at the top.
Posted Feb 20, 2004 11:00 pm

rleslieRoute Climbed: Biked from Spartanburg Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!
Assault on Mt. Mitchell is a great bike race in May. It was sleeting the year I did it. The course is beautiful!
Posted Dec 22, 2003 8:27 pm

petersbikeRoute Climbed: mt mitchell trail Date Climbed: 1996/may  Sucess!


Initially hiked trail from black mountain campground.Continued on the Black Mountain Crest Trail Hitting Mt Craig,Mt Tom and others over six thousand feet. Have also biked up the road to the summit of Mitchell numerous times starting from Marion .Excellent Downhill if you can avoid the slow moving cars.
Posted Dec 13, 2003 2:29 pm

AkrajenRoute Climbed: From Black Mountain Campground Date Climbed: August 1, 2003  Sucess!


This was a quick ascent to train for trekking in Nepal. Heavy rains this year made the trail a continual running stream in some places.
Posted Oct 28, 2003 8:15 pm

gatoRoute Climbed: Trail from parking lot Date Climbed: Fall 1998  Sucess!


Great views on a windy day with no one else in sight. What a way to spend the day!
Posted Sep 15, 2003 11:45 am

hgrapidRoute Climbed: Mt. Mitchell Trail Date Climbed: August 10, 2003  Sucess!


I took the very wet and overgrown Mt. Mitchell trail up to the summit. The 5.6 mile trail is not easy, but was reasonable with no part of the trail being excessively steep. There are not many great views from this trail, but the few views you get are pretty nice. At the summit the highest mountains were all clearly visible, while the low mountains were shrouded in clouds. Mt. Mitchell is far more isolated than what I thought it would be for a tourist mountain. We only saw two people on the trail the entire time. This was my 21st state high point. Happy to say I have completed almost the entire Southeast...FL, AL, GA, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD, LA....just Mississippi remains.
Posted Aug 11, 2003 8:43 am

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