With 40-pounds of gear on the weekend of an approaching cold-front, this route was suprisingly more difficult that I imagined. It took me nearly 5 hours to reach Commissory Ridge - where I left my gear to make the 1 - hour scramble to the top. I spent the night in the Commissory campsite, where my thermometer read 8 degrees Farenheit at sunrise. A cold front brought moderate snow to the middle of the mountains in the morning but the top of the trail was already covered with about 14 inches and there was ice all over the place. I only saw one other person on the mountain the whole weekend. I'll have pictures up on my blog as soon as I get them developed. www.whatdididotodeservethis.blogspot.com
A spectacular day with only 2 or 3 other people on the summit. Clear air gave fantastic views for miles, even though the leaves had pretty much dropped. The smell of the spruce/fir forest was very strong and with the terrain and deep blue sky, I felt almost like I was back out west.
I still remember my grandad putting me on his shoulders so I could be the tallest person east of the Mississippi.
I LOVE IT THE TRAIL WAS CHALLENGE
Rather easy summit, but enjoyable non-the-less. Took the side trail down to the campground and back up again to tell myself I did something. Tell end of an epic adventure.
A perfect hike for a fall day...the leaves were very cooperative, even in early November!
As it was a rainy miserable day, Bob Schultz and myself elected to do a short hike up to the summit, as opposed for a more ambitious one planned, or out and out driving to the top.
Long, many grueling switchbacks, but smooth, few rocks, no scrambling, few views of the Smokey’s until very top, highest peak in NC and East of the Mississippi
This is a wonderfull climb. At the top you can see (on a clear day) Clingmans Dome in the GSMNF. After a long climb to the top, you get to see all of the people who drove up. You are tired and they are not. Nice.
Haven't been there in some time but it is a beautiful area of the Appalachian mountains. My father's side of the family settled in this area early on and were among the searchers who found Dr. Mitchell's body in 1857.
I live in NC, so I've been to the top of Mount Mitchell a number of times. Most people I know are usually socked in when they get to the peak, but I've been fortunate in that the weather has cooperated with clear skies almost every trip I've made.
A fun hike to the highest point east of the Mississippi.
Went with a bunch of friends. Nice weather at the top.
Assault on Mt. Mitchell is a great bike race in May. It was sleeting the year I did it. The course is beautiful!
Initially hiked trail from black mountain campground.Continued on the Black Mountain Crest Trail Hitting Mt Craig,Mt Tom and others over six thousand feet. Have also biked up the road to the summit of Mitchell numerous times starting from Marion .Excellent Downhill if you can avoid the slow moving cars.
This was a quick ascent to train for trekking in Nepal. Heavy rains this year made the trail a continual running stream in some places.
Great views on a windy day with no one else in sight. What a way to spend the day!
Highpoint number 4 for Dy and me.
I have been up here two or three times but I cannot remember the year nevermind the day! A couple of those times the fog was too thick for any views. But there was one time that I was up there when it was sunny and nice and the view from the lookout tower was very nice. I guess I cannot count this highpoint unless I know the specific date so I may come back here again.
Did this early December, Cold and Very High Winds Very disappointing to be the tallest this side of the missisippi! I dont know maybe just i like the really tall peaks or something, cool place to visit and just the history that surrounds you.