This was a grueling hike roundtrip for an amateur during winter. Although the hike wasn't technically difficult (except for the ice on most of the upper trail and rock traverses), the 12.4 miles of it was tough for me in that I don't usually hike that kind of distance. Beautiful views were the reward at the top with great visibility.
A good go. 2:21:10
I fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains on this trip. What a delightful time we had. Came from Sassafras on the same day.
#1 11-02-22 W/Lana. Visited after being on Sassafras Mountain at 11:00 am. Drive from Sassafras took 2+35.
Rode up from the first pitch.
Drive-up in sketchy weather led to near zero views. Deserves a revisit, preferably with a hike!
About a month after my first HP trip to the E/NE that got me #s 4-12...It's time for another trip E to NC, but I took a S/SE side trip to get a bunch more HPs. (HP 7 of 7 during this trip). Kind of sketchy but beautiful drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Parked near the visitors center and took the 1.5 mile hike up. Amazing views, cool platform and display area. Could not find the USGS marker.
Ran/hiked 7 mile loop in late afternoon finishing at summit via Big Tom and Mount Craig.
Beautiful views from the top of Mount Mitchell and some great nature on the way up, and some cool shots of the clouds floating above the surrounding valleys!
Parked two miles from the summit and took the old mitchell trail up- impressive pine forests. Unfortunately no views at top due to thick fog after the previous night's train but glad to get the highest peak in the East.
Gorgeous drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and to the top. An evening summit and the fog was lifting. Beautiful, calm and quiet at the top. Saw mama bear and 2 cubs on the drive.
Had a nice hike to the summit on a beautiful early spring day. Highpoint #14 for me.
This is the 3rd of 8 Highpoints on this trip.
Mt. Mitchell is the highest elevation East of the Mississippi River. It is a well developed highpoint that is accessible for everyone with a paved walkway. Visitor Center is COVID closed.
Great hike. Peaked with Leah (my awesome wife), Dave, Kat, Rico, Di, Rich and Laura. First peak and many more to come. Trail was great. Unbelievable sights. Foggy at top so couldn’t see anything but it was the peak!!!
Successful to the top, however due to rain and fog we could not see any views.
Biked from Folk Art Center
Long hike. Kind of wet at times.
The driving on the Blue Ridge parkway was the scary part.