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devoidapop Colbert Ridge Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2015
The trail is rough and very narrow at points, with brush inches from your face on either side. There are 2 great vistas about 1/3 of the way up. There are a half dozen good camp sites to use and a very small spring half way up the trail.
Posted Aug 17, 2015 8:16 am

eric-grizVia Black Mountain Crest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2014


Heading North.
Posted May 13, 2014 11:05 am

johnmseventh of 8 for the day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 4, 2014


A long day but this was my favorite with a steep approach from both sides of the crest trail. The only one where I gave a cheer at the summit top. Also one of a few that had a benchmark at the summit
Posted May 5, 2014 8:50 pm



My first hike. I did a point-to-point, finishing atop Mt. Mitchell. At that time I was not yet afflicted with peak-bagger's disease, so I don't know if I made sure to stand on the high point.
Posted Mar 8, 2014 12:30 pm

Joel HopperSnow!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 29, 2013

Joel Hopper

Colbert ridge to Deep Gap, then Winter Star. 2-4" of snow with frozen undercrust starting at about 3500' . Lots of bear tracks, turkey tracks, Bobcat ran across the trail ahead of me & I was buzzed by a pheasant. Snow was untracked until I took care of that. Great day out.
Posted Nov 29, 2013 5:31 pm

ribletUp Colbert Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2011
Up colbert ridge to Deep Gap, then to top of Winter Star. Good hike! I like this much better than the Mount Mitchell trail.
Posted Aug 25, 2011 9:56 am

KoonsyColbert Ridge  Sucess!


Damn good hike.
Posted May 22, 2010 7:28 pm

cgwaltersMy Old Friend  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2009


Crossed (rain, mist and sleet) on my loop---12 hrs. 1 hr to Horse Rock trail, then up, over to the Bowlen's Creek end of Ridge Crest Trail, turned and went to Mitchell, before coming back to Deep Gap, down most of Colbert's Ridge, and then 'bushwack' to Locust Creek and White Oak Creek.

Winter Star is where I stop to call my wife during long walks. During the winter, the cold is terrible. Within a minute one can lose use of your fingers. I have found no cell reception of the Mitchell side of the Ridge Crest Trail, or I would not stop.
Winter Star also seems to define two weather micro-climates. The Mitchell side is the colder, icier during the winter.
Posted Apr 12, 2009 1:11 pm

montanachrisUp Colbert Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2008


I've climbed this mountain twice prior to my posted summit day. This one has what it takes to keep bringing me back; relative solitude, a steady uphill climb, and virgin spruce/fir forest in the higher elevations!
Posted Dec 16, 2008 10:15 am

Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2005


via Colbert Ridge Trail.
Posted Aug 9, 2007 8:17 pm

mlandau3What A Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2006


A great summit with beautiful views toward Celo Knob. The wildflowers were really out in profusion: bluets between Mitchell parking lot and Mt. Craig and trilliums everywhere. The BMCT is rough, but it's one of my favorite hikes.
Posted May 28, 2006 6:43 pm

GAHikerGirlSome Pretty Tough Sloggin'...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2005


coming north from Deep Gap. But it's a whole lotta fun!!
Posted Apr 20, 2006 10:17 pm

TomSellickRoute Climbed: BMCT Date Climbed: September 2003  Sucess!


The trail kind of vanishes after Deep Gap heading north. We found our way to the top though. Not much to see from the summit of this one. Beyond Winter Star the trail really gets, ahem, interesting (difficult)
Posted Aug 31, 2005 6:48 pm

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


My wife Jennifer and I hiked Winter Star Mountain early in the summer on our traverse of the Black Mountain Crest Trail which begins at the Mt. Mitchell picnic area. This continuously rolling, steep and slippery trail (especially past Deep Gap) hits 7 named Southern Sixers (Mt. Mitchell, Mt. Craig, Balsam Cone, Cattail Peak/Potato Knob, Winter Star Mountain, Gibbs Mt. & Celo Knob).

The views on this were some of the best on the east coast. Late spring & early summer are good times to attempt a traverse of the North Carolina Blacks. The wildflowers at this time are showing their colors, the ferns are unrolling & the Balsam forests are alive with all kinds of wildlife. Also, the brutal heat and humidity that characterize summer in the South usually does not set in, in earnest until mid-June

Posted Aug 25, 2005 10:35 am

BobSmithRoute Climbed: Deep Gap Trail. Date Climbed: 11-10-2004  Sucess!


I climbed Winter Star using the Deep Gap, Bolens Creek Trail (aka Black Mountain Crest Trail). The views along the hike to the summit of Winter Star from Deep Gap are so striking and so numerous that hiking the peak is something of an overwhelming experience. You have to stop every few steps to enjoy the vistas.

Posted Nov 11, 2004 11:13 pm

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