As part of a day trip out to Deep Gap and back from Mt Mitchell parking lot.
Summitted w/ my friend Bill. Clouds hit the top of the mountain every once & awhile. Trail is currently being repaired from Mitchell summit. Good views of the "J" that makes up the Black Mountain range. Tagged ("Big Tom") too ... which is a smaller summit 15 minutes from Mount Craig.
This was Peak 2 of 6 in my Southern Sixer Six Pack. Check out my trip report on the Mount Mitchell page.
Went for a little morning trail run on the Deer Gap Trail. Hit Mount Craig and Big Tom.
A nice, easy summit.
Have done this as part of a backpacking trip but it's one of my favorite dayhikes if I'm near the Asheville area.
My wife Jennifer and I hiked Mt. Craig 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.
Mt. Craig had some great views and was a fun experience. The 19 mile loop was long and tiring but Mt. Craig was a highlight of it. Check out my trip report on the Mt. Mitchell page.
Did this as my first hiking trip when I moved to NC. Great views from the ridge if it is clear.
This was my first climb of Mount Craig. The weather was perfect for this time of the year. It was cool, but not too cold. I encountered just a few patches of ice. The deep balsam forests in the gaps were chilly, but the exposed peaks were comfortable until the sun began to set and the wind picked up. One of the most spectacular peaks in the southern US. Even more impressive than the nearby, and higher, Mount Mitchell.