Starman said I made it...
And I'll dare anyone to say you didn't!
First climbed in Sept, 2004.
As part of a day trip out to Deep Gap and back from Mt Mitchell parking lot.
Peak 4 of 6 in my Southern Sixer Six Pack. Check out my trip report on the Mount Mitchell Page.
These are nice and easy along the Summit Trail...until you start heading north beyond Deep Gap...more bushwacking!
Love that trail...good views to the east
My wife Jennifer and I hiked Balsam Cone 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.
It was raining and I had no view. Good climb though.
The 4th Summit on our trip, Balsams Cone did not have many great views. This is a good hike for peakbaggers, but I wouldn't reccomend it for sightseers. Check out my trip report on the Mt. Mitchell page.
I summited Balsam Cone via the Deep Gap Trail on a cool, November day. Conditions were pretty much perfect, with relatively mild temperatures and excellent visibility.