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Roam AroundBlack Mtn Crest!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2003
Group did the entire Black Mtn. Crest - Celo Knob kicked out butts.
Posted May 1, 2007 3:06 pm

big_gThankfully no enforcement  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2007

big_g

Came southbound on the Mountain to Sea Trail to find the last .3 miles closed off. Hiked around to the parking lot on the nature trail and found it closed from that side too. Well, I had come too far not to see the summit so I went around the gate with another like minded individual and made it to the top.
Posted Apr 12, 2007 6:58 pm

The edgeHP #26  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2002

The edge

Second HP out of three...
Posted Mar 14, 2007 3:34 pm

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

NavySeabee

Peak 1 of 6 in Southern Sixer Six Pack following Brasstown Bald, Union Cty (GA) HP and Wolfpen Ridge. I ignored the "No Trespassing" signs to the summit - guilty as charged. Didn't want to be denied my 10th HP. Check out my trip report. Must say this was and still is my only 9 Peak/HP day.
Posted Mar 12, 2007 2:11 pm

lizrdboyMore fog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1998

lizrdboy

I know why the call them the Smokey mountains.
Posted Mar 7, 2007 3:36 am

jvarholakAT

jvarholak

during 1976 AT thru hike
Posted Feb 14, 2007 9:24 pm

AirborneBuffeasy walk from the parking lot  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 1997

AirborneBuff

cant really call this a climb, but the view was great
Posted Dec 30, 2006 1:04 am

ShawnaMount Mitchell - July 2004

Shawna

Hiked Mt Mitchell with a friend when I first moved to NC. If I remember correctly, we took the Mt Mitchell Trail. It started out as a cloudy day and quickly turned into a very rainy day and poured on us most of the way...still a fun hike though.
Posted Dec 13, 2006 10:17 pm

jbslistNumber 1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2005

jbslist

Drove up with mom, on a picture postcard perfect day. 1 down 49 to go!!
Posted Dec 13, 2006 5:15 pm

sugie1986To The Top  Sucess!

sugie1986

The view from here is specatacular. Last time I was up there it was snowing. One amazing mountain!!
Posted Nov 6, 2006 2:48 pm

Thomas BeasleyNew Mitchell Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2006

Thomas Beasley

Hiked the New Mitchell Trail, to the summit area which was closed due to construction and renovations. Bushwacked a little bit and snuck to the summit while evading the construction people and park rangers. All in all it was a nice hike.
Posted Oct 26, 2006 8:45 pm

surgentEasy drive up  Sucess!

surgent

This was an easy HP. Enjoyed the site.
Posted Oct 19, 2006 7:58 pm

woodstriderA short hike in the woods  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 1998

woodstrider

My friend bob and I did a much shortened hike from the one that we originally planned to do as it was a rather wet day. What is an unmitagated peak bagger to do? Hike less, drink more hot chocolate.
Posted Oct 10, 2006 8:42 pm

BMSMt. Mitchell Summit Closed  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2006
The summit and lookout is closed for about a year due to reconstruction to remove the old concrete tower and to make the summit handicap accessible. You can still hike to the parking lot which is about 50'- 100' below the actual summit. I was told everything would reopen around July 4, 2007. The hike from Black Mountain Campground is open and is diverted to the parking lot just shy of the top. The sign at the start of the trail in Black Mountain Campground says "closed 5 miles ahead" which is a bit misleading because you are able to take the detour over to the parking lot.
Posted Oct 2, 2006 7:50 pm

musicmountainRoute Climbed: Mt. Mitchell Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006

musicmountain

We were the only ones on the trail. It poured all the way up to the summit but stopped as we began our decent.
Posted Aug 21, 2006 11:20 pm

osatrikFamily Highpoints Trip  Sucess!

osatrik

In 1986 our family did a highpoints driving trip and hit Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky's high points.
Posted Aug 16, 2006 5:48 am

e-docsummits and weather

e-doc


The Blacks are one of my favorite places to hike. I have been lucky to live close and have summitted in all seasons and all weather. The coldest nights I've spent in the woods have been up in the Blacks, -10 degrees. The mountain is most easily climbed from the parking lot but can be climbed via the Buncombe Horse trail or the Mt Mitchell trail. All these climbs involve 3000 feet of gain. Longer ascents via Colbert Ridge, Woody Ridge, and Bowlens Creek/Black Mt Crest trail. The trails are maintained well inside the state park but only cleared every few years in the NF. The crest trail is steep and rocky, prepare for long stretches of ice in winter. (In my opinion the Black Mt crest trail and the Grandfather trail are the two toughest trails in the Southeast US).

Weather can be unpredictable and bad. One spring I took dayhikes around Easter weekend. On Thursday (April 12, 2001) I carried my son (then 4yo) up to Celo Knob. It was warm with temps in the 60's. Five days later (April 17, 2001) I was on the ridge between Potato Knob and Steppes Gap in blizzard conditions. That day the temp was 27, snowing, with a 30 mph wind.

In November of 2003 I was hiking in the Blacks with temp in the 50's and sun. That night a cold front came through the area with morning temps in the 20's and hurricane force wind gusts. If its cloudy with temps in the 40's in Charlotte, be prepared for wind, snow, and below freezing temps in the Blacks (and other high peaks in the SE). Review Alan deHarts NC hiking guide or the FS map for the Toe River valley.
Posted Aug 15, 2006 9:55 pm

Xtreme532Icy Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 18, 2002

Xtreme532

Summited Mt. Mitchell with high winds, snow, and ice. Hiked from the bottom, no cars used.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 8:38 pm

royswkrFrom State Park  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 7, 1991
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Posted Jul 31, 2006 10:05 pm

rlawsonMt. Mitchell Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2006

rlawson

A friend and I hiked from the Black Mtn. Campground to the Mt. Mithcell summit. Not a bad hike, but a bit harder than expected. He stayed on top while I ran back down the trail to pick up the car and drive around to get him. 6 hours of hiking total (4 up and 2 down).
Posted Jul 24, 2006 12:23 pm

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