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.
I traversed this peak in the 70s and 80s, when it was just a nice bump on the trail. But my dad used to tell stories of being lost on "the Black Brothers," of which Big Tom was one, in the 1930s. Back then this was about as wild and untracked a mountain you could find.
Not much to it, but all in all a nice hike.
Short hop from Craig. On to Balsam Cone & Cattail.
I hiked to Big Tom after already visiting Mount Mitchell and Mount Craig. However, the thick fog and sideways-blowing rainstorm made portions of the route too questionable to safely continue... and nightfall was quickly approaching. This was my seventh peak summited that day.
We enjoyed this one with several of its nieghbors. Since my husband's name is Tom, this mountain had special meaning for us. Beautiful outing, lovely day, fantastic weather. I love the Black Mountaion Crest.
Hit the summit w/ my friend Bill. Fun little run from Mount Craig & Mount Mitchell. Big Tom was a bear hunter from what I discovered.
Pleasant hike up in the fir trees.
First climbed in Sept, 2004.
pretty simple coming from Craig-not so simple from Balsam
Peak 3 of 6 in my Southern Sixer Six Pack. Check out my trip report on the Mount Mitchell Page.
and not a bad climb at all.
does this one actually count as a 6er?
It was raining and I had no view. Good climb though.
Big Tom offered some fun to climb rock structures. The views were pretty decent too. To read about my whole experience check out my trip report on the Mt. Mitchell page.
Good hike,all the way out to Burnsville . Hooked up with some people for shuutle back to Mt Mitchell.
The climb from Deep Gap back over Cattail Peak, Potato Hill, Balsam Cone, and then Big Tom is one of the toughest I've ever attempted. If you like a challenge, then this is the one for you.