No summit marker for this one so I probably hit the summit around an hour after I left the Mt. Mitchell parking lot.
Not sure if we were on summit or not - could not find any marker, sign or plaque. Only one view to the East nearby.
The hike along the BMC Trail is as difficult as advertised.
Got this on the March to Gibbs and back. Long windy day
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.
Great day hike
Started at the Visitor's center and took the Old Mt. Mitchell trail to the summit, and then on to Mt. Craig, Big Tom, Balsam Cone, and Cattail Pk., and back the same way, plus the nature trail, for 3116' of gain.
Black Mountain to Mt Mitchell then on to Mount Craig - 6647', Big Tom - 6580', Balsam Cone 6596', and Cattail Peak 6584'. About a 16 mile day. It was muddy and cloudy, but not cold.
Lots of rhododendron on the top, but a nice clear view to the east.
Part of my ridge hike.
2nd birthday in a row spent hiking in the Appalachians. May make it an annual tradition.
Black Mountain Crest Trail from Mount Mitchell to Deep Gap.
is one of my favorite trails
Climbed this with my dog "Bear" on a 4-mile jaunt from Mount Mitchell. Hope to come back and hike the whole Black Mountain crest when I have a weekend. Sunny and cool.
Climbed from the Deep Gap Trailhead near Mt. Mitchell. The trail was muddy with plenty of slick rocks due to all the recent rain. We had partially clear skies to Mt. Craig and then the low lying clouds took over so we decided to shorten our day and stopped shortly after Balsam Cone.
Passed through on crest trail backpack. Very rugged trail, awesome area!
Another easy peak along the ridge trail. Cross it off the list.
Hiked on the way over to Cattail. Return to Trailhead from summit of Cattail. Nice "out and back" trip.
We enjoyed this peak - twice, because we went from Mt. Mitchell, down to Cattail Peak, and back. We loved the views, the moisture of the rain forest, the steep trail...all of it was fantastic. And...we saw only ONE person on this trail this entire day...amazing!
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.
---From Winter Star, the Mitchell side of the Ridge Crest Trail is always less weather friendly during the winter and early spring.