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


One of my favorite trails in North Carolina - watch out for tourists on Mitchell's summit
Posted Aug 31, 2005 6:38 pm

CortezRoute Climbed: Deep Gap Date Climbed: June 4 2005  Sucess!


We arrived at Mt. Mitchell early in the morning and had the summit to ourselves.

It was very foggy/cloudy. There were no views. We climbed up the obnoxious tower structure that the park has for some reason built at the summit and gazed into the clouds from higher up.

Mt Mitchell is a disappointing Southern 6er. The tower, the road and enormous paved parking lot, the snack shops and the throngs of pale, fat lazy Americans that flock to the mountain during the fall and summer months all detract from the scenic splendor of the highest point on the East coast.
Posted Aug 18, 2005 11:30 am

krudominerRoute Climbed: Mt. Mitchell Trail from Black Mtn Campground Date Climbed: June 15 2005  Sucess!
Made the roundtrip in 7 1/2 hours. Got to the top and had no view, but now I can say I dit it.
Posted Aug 8, 2005 5:17 pm

starship_jenDate Climbed: August 30, 2003  Sucess!


Wonderful views from the top! Very scenic drive to the trailhead.
Posted Aug 4, 2005 11:38 pm

gwave47Route 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, Cattails Peak, Potato Hill then, down Colbert Ridge Trail


This was a long and tiring trip. It took 11 hours and covered almost 20 miles. To hear more on my trip read my Mt. Mitchell trip report.
Posted May 31, 2005 4:56 pm

Mike NRoute Climbed: Black Mountain Campground Date Climbed: March 2005  Sucess!

Mike N

Moderately long day. Weather changes near the top. The whole trail was covered in ice. Bring water with you. Would like to do the traverse. Road was still closed at this time. Had to hike in to campground a couple of miles.
Posted May 14, 2005 1:16 pm

vanman798Route Climbed: North Face from parking lot Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!


It's too bad the road goes so high up on this mountain!
Posted Apr 28, 2005 4:41 pm

z50Route Climbed: Mt Mitchell trail from Black Mt Camp ground Date Climbed: April 15 2005  Sucess!
Left Black Mountain Campground at 2:00pm reached summit at 4:50pm or so. Returned by same route by 7:30pm. Passed two hikers headed downward while I was heading up. Temp approx 60F at Black Mountain CG and probably high 40's at summit (snow nearly ankle deep on shaded parts of the trail near top.) Overall a fairly steep and rocky-rooty hike the entire way. Took the Higgins Bald option returning, path hard to follow just after the bald itself (heading downward) although it looks as though it's being worked on.

Note: there's a map at the Black Mountain Campground building which is misleading. It shows a retired entrance to the trail. Take the first left just after the bridge into the campground (which is right behind you if you're looking at the map board I'm referring to) and follow the white dots to the newer trail route.

Rode mountain bike from Montreat NC up old Mitchell Toll Road to summit on March 5, 2005. Took about 4 hours going up and 1.5 returning. Snow drifts about knee deep near tower, and gale force winds that day.
Posted Apr 15, 2005 11:43 pm

sayhelloformeRoute Climbed: bottom Date Climbed: September 2004  Sucess!
great day in sept for a hike. A very hot day at the bottom of mt. mitchell but very cold when I got to the summit and it felt great. I have a great web site with tons of pictures and also a short viedo of the summit. Please come visit. http://members.cox.net/mt.mitchell

or www.members.cox.net/mt.mitchell
Posted Mar 30, 2005 2:36 am

chilkootRoute Climbed: Drive-up Date Climbed: JUne 17, 1990  Sucess!


Though we drove up, we took a nice long hike from the summit and back for several hours. Only my second state highpoint. Great views and a nice serenade by a bagpiper at the top.
Posted Feb 15, 2005 10:59 pm

dwhikeDate Climbed: April 2002  Sucess!


A beautiful spring day. Surprised that there were not more people at the summit.
Posted Feb 6, 2005 9:18 am

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: From Parking Lot Date Climbed: March 1988  Sucess!
Easy walk. Then decided to walk to Balsam Cone. Good to be back in the mountains.
Posted Jan 26, 2005 11:05 pm

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

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

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