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argothorOne tough hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2010


Drove up to the lower parking lot, walked up some steps to the upper parking lot, walked past the concession stand than made the final push up the paved walkway to the summit. Beautiful scenery even in the cloudy, gray day. Missed seeing the rhododendrons in bloom however.
Posted May 31, 2010 8:16 pm

sgb02dBeautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2010


Hiked up 2 miles from the ranger station on the old mitchell trail. Highest mountain east of the mississippi river and the best view I have seen so far.
Posted May 4, 2010 10:18 am

VaslerEast of the mississip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2006


Got to the top and there were at least 50 state troopers and Miss North Carolina to boot. That road really lets anyone up, but I also saw a family carry their grandfather up to the tower as part of his life's wish.
Posted Mar 29, 2010 2:29 am

IHaveArrivedHP #17  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2009


I had planned on hiking the trail from the restaurant, but after high pointing in Georgia and South Carolina earlier in the day and too much sightseeing along the Bluegrass Highway, I once again ran out of time, so I highpointed from the parking lot. Mount Mitchell and the surrounding area of Asheville are beautiful areas. I'll definitely be back.
Posted Jan 20, 2010 3:11 am

bkplemmonsHome Field Advantage  Sucess!


Hike to the top at least once a year.
Posted Dec 28, 2009 2:19 am

xDoogiexHP #3  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2009


rained the whole time. one of maybe 2 people at the campground. only one on the trail. i learned never to wear jeans in the rain while mountaineering. small part of the trail looked like a lake that was over a foot deep. had to walk through plants and over a fallen tree. couldn't see 30 feet ahead of me on the summit. otherwise it was still a cool time.
Posted Nov 24, 2009 7:26 pm

zapacoman5 Peak Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2009


I hiked Mt. Mitchell along with Mt Craig, Big Tom, Balsams Cone, & Cattail Peak (from Black Mtn. Campground). It's a 17.5 mile loop, so leave at least 9.5 hours.

Take: -Mt. Mitchell Trail to Mt. Mitchell peak
-Deep Gap Trail to Cattail peak
-Double back to Big Tom Gap
-Right onto Buncombe Horse Trail
-Left back down Mt. Mitchell Trail
-$1 shower @ Black Mtn. Campground (you will stink by this point)

Have fun and leave me a reply if you take this route!
Posted Oct 25, 2009 2:05 pm

EverydayExplorerGood Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2007


It is a really nice hike.
Posted Sep 2, 2009 9:31 pm

osatrikFamily visit in 1987 - my 26th SHP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 1987


Number 26 of my 49 state high points. This was my daughter Vanessa's #25, and Hillary and Holly's #12.
Posted Jul 19, 2009 9:43 pm

jeffh25Hp # 12  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2009


Pretty cloudy that morning but a great Highpoint and a neat place. The Blue Ridge pkwy is gorgeous. Mitchell and Clingman's Dome really are amazing for the East.
Posted Jul 14, 2009 4:23 pm

Patrick B9th HP!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2009

Patrick B

Hiked up from Black Mountain (?) campground with my family to the summit. The amount of tourists that had driven up annoyed me. urg. Great hike though.
Posted Jul 8, 2009 9:44 am

peakrat76From Cattail Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2009


My wife and I took the Deep Gap Trail out to Cattail and then came back and strolled to the summit unencumbered by our packs. The soggy day had cleared off to reveal nice summit vistas.
Posted Jun 2, 2009 4:49 pm

RedwicNice HP, Except For Fog & Rain...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2009


Shortly after arriving at the peak, the fog and rain engulfed the entire area. No views... Undeterred by the weather, I continued on the Deep Gap Trail to Mount Craig and Big Tom, before the rain started hitting me sideways and the rocky terrain became dangerously slippery in places.
This was the third of six State Highpoints visited during the weekend, the third State Highpoint of the day, and State Highpoint #35 for me overall.
Posted May 27, 2009 2:14 am

rangermattNice Drive  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2009


Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville closed, so had to make a longer drive than ideal. Oh well. Cloudy and hazy, but nice views regardless.
Posted May 14, 2009 5:26 pm

Sarah SimonWith Craig, BigTom, Balsam & Cattail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2009

Sarah Simon

We parked at the high lot and visited the summit of Mt. Mitchell briefly before turning around and enjoying the Black Mtn Crest via the Deep Gap trail, topping out on Mount Craig, Big Tom, Balsam Cone & Cattail Peak. We really, really lucked out on the weather: Sunny, blue sky, big puffy clouds, etc.

Partner: Husband.
Posted May 12, 2009 7:19 pm

HotovenMuch Fun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2008


Climbed in a day, but the top was closed so we creepily walked up at night when the park was closed. Worth the trouble! Great night view!
Posted Apr 16, 2009 10:17 am

LMatallanaAmazing Race  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2009
Justin Boyle HP #5, Luis Matallana HP #6
2 of 6 HPs for the weekend.
Memorable quote as we were leaving, "Wait, is that the top?"
Posted Apr 3, 2009 11:43 pm

eric-grizFinally, the highest point in the east!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2009


Hiked up from the closed Black Mountain Campground. The hike started in the rain. The summit was cold, rainy, windy, and miserable. At least I had it all to myself. The weather had greatly improved by the time I made it back down to Black Mountain.
Posted Apr 2, 2009 11:43 pm

KoonsyYep  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2008


Drove up, walked up a paved path to the summit, took a photo of me with some clouds, drove down. The highlight was that it was very very windy up top.
Posted Dec 30, 2008 10:31 am

nextyearranierHazy day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2005


Short walk from the parking lot. Made it to the summit though (this was before the closures)
Posted Nov 4, 2008 4:09 pm

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