Long drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway to get here.... extremely foggy, but we were luck to have the fog lift as we neared the summit.
My wife and I climbed up this one together. It is technically very easy, but it is a long grueling way up. There is little to see along the way and you don't get much of a view until the peak. We unfortunately summitted on a day when it was very overcast, so we weren't well rewarded. It isn't quite the same to summit a peak that has an asphault road that people can actually use to drive to the top. I would encourage trying to hit this on a sunny day. Many more beautiful hikes in NC, but this is definitely a check mark for those hitting highest points.
What a bummer, three strikes and I was out.
Strike one - BRP closed 11 miles north of Asheville.
Strike two / three - alternate GPS routes end in closed roadways apx. 4-5 miles from park.
Did'nt try BRP from north as by this time I had traveled/searched 107 miles and 3 hours to no avail.
"I will be back".
Bagged this cool mountain on a very foggy, windy, late afternoon. The park was eerily empty and we wad the entire drive, parking lot, and summit walk to ourselves, which made it pretty cool. Zero views.
It was 55 degrees in Asheville and 23 degrees at the summit parking lot. Really fun to see the clouds (aka fog) pushed up over the mountain from the west. Beautiful day. On the way out the Blue Rigde Parkway was closed due to ice and snow! I didn't see a flake on any of the roads- but what do I know! lol
Drove to the top of Mitchell with "the old folks" and my brother. Frost in the trees made an awesome scenery. Hiked to Mt. Craig and Big Tom and back.
Two hours and fifty minutes to the summit from Black Mountain Campground in driving rain. This was my third trip up and the only time I had the trail to myself the entire day. On sunny days the top will have crowds so be aware but the snack bar at the parking lot has reasonable prices and good hot cider if you visit from May to October.
...We drove most of the way up, then walked. Does that count? I guess it would matter if I cared about state highpoints, which I don't. I remember the view being sweet, and thinking, "I'm up higher than anyone east of the Mississippi!"
Climbed the Old Mitchell Trail which is 4miles round trip of moderate hiking fun. Highpoint #19
Foggy and cool.
There was rime ice.
Long but easy and nice hike to summit from Black Mtn. Campground. Decent weather but humid.
A friend and I did a point-to-point hike, climbing many peaks along the way and finishing atop Mt. Mitchell. I should do it again some day...
Hiked up from the Black Mountain Campground. Saw many who drove up at the summit. I'm not a big fan of developed summits at all but it is still a beautiful area and range. Saw a couple of red-spotted newts in the red eft phase; such a cool little critter.
Hiked up the Mt. Mitchell trail from Black Mountain campground. Beautiful day but the bugs were really bad at the summit. Overall, a great hike.
Lot's of people. Took the 3/4 mi nature trail down. Ethereal. In my top two so far.
Hiked up from Black Mountain Campground. It was sunny and bright, then an hour in a bad thunderstorm hit. By the time I hit the summit it was clear again. I was the only one on the trail, but there were quite a few people at the top. Overall great day.
Second time visiting this highpoint. Came out to see the newly built up top. I liked the older lookout tower better, just had a more rustic feel. New one is still nice though.
Hiked from black mt campground. Great weather. Trail well marked and easy to follow.
Fourth of a 6 state HP weekend. Flew into Knoxville, then hit the HPs for TN, GA, SC, NC, KY and VA. This is my 43rd state HP. A bit foggy but I had the summit to myself.