With an unnecessarily cumbersome pack a group of us summitted only to find the summit marker and observation turret was closed due to construction. But a great ridgeline with awesome views, Balsam and Fraser firs and a little west-coast feel to the place.
ONLY DIFFICULTY WAS BUSHWACK UP TO WORKSITE FOR NEW OBSERVATION TOWER IN LIGHT RAIN SINCE ACCESS IS BLOCKED
Summited during the Mt Mitchell Challenge - a 40 mile trail running race that starts in Black Mountain, NC, climbs to the summit of Mitchell, and descends back to Black Mountain. Oh, and this is in February with cold, ice, snow, wind, etc.
Done Mitchell multiple ways but the best was via Deep Gap & Cattail Peak
Camped up high and woke to an awesome Carolina thunder storm.
Hiked up with my pops from the Black Mountain campground at the base.
My 10 year old daughter and I started out from the Black Mountains Campground in roughly 30'F weather, 8:00AM. Clear skies. The higher we went, the warmer it got, to the point I only needed 1 layer. Since it was the first time for both of us, we became a bit confused when the Mitchell trail met the Mountain/Sea trail. But, 10 minutes later, we found the Mitchell trail again and went to the summit despite the construction signs. The summit was a tad cooler, forcing us to put light jackets on. But, the view on this cloudless day was something to die for.
Grandpa was waiting for us at the Mitchell parking lot. Since my daughter was tired, he agreed to take us back to our car at the campgrounds.
This was 10 y/o daughter's first mountain, and hopefully something that she'll remember for the rest of her life. It's beyond words to say how proud I was for her to summit Mt Mitchell
Too bad about all the dead Fraser firs. Kind of ugly, as state highpoints go.
We drove into the area in the dark and found a camping spot along a nice dirt road. In the morning we woke up and did the short hike to the summit in extremely foggy weather. Visibility was pretty low, but the summit was still a very interesting spot.
I never thought that I would be the one ignoring the "no trespassing" signs on a mountain, but seven hours of driving and two and a half on the trail are too much of an investment to not summit. my summit photo has me standing next to a crane!
I was in the area for the Grandfather Mtn. Marathon. Had to come up Mt. Mitchell to see the view. Unfortunately the top was fogged in. Did a few mile circuit on the trail through the spruce trees along the summit ridge.
Via the trail from Black mtn. Camp. The girl and I got an early start but near the top, she wasn't feeling too hot. We got to the top and bundled her up, but she wasn't feeling up to hiking back, so I ran like a superstar (or maniac if you may have happened to be on the trail at the time) back down the trail to retrieve the truck and tear up the BRParkway. I did cover the 6 mi in about an hour...not bad, huh? Got to the parking lot as it was getting dark to find her sitting in a Park Rangers' truck with the engine running and the heat on all toasty. Seems like they talked to her a few minutes after I left. Needless to say, my ankles will never be the same.
Have hiked up from Black Mountain Campground many times in all seasons.
Went up the Mt. Mitchell trail - which was actually a pretty cool hike! Super foggy and humid, and the last part of the trail was closed off for construction. Had to get the highpoint, so we snuck around...quick ran up to the top...took some pictures and got out of there!! Had a blast - pretty area!
I did this mountain a few times back in the day when i lived in Fla.
Summited w/ my friend Bill in the clouds ... nice cool day at the summit. Had a great trip up from Black Mountain Campground. Also tagged Mount Craig & ("Big Tom") too.
Group did the entire Black Mtn. Crest - Celo Knob kicked out butts.
Came southbound on the Mountain to Sea Trail to find the last .3 miles closed off. Hiked around to the parking lot on the nature trail and found it closed from that side too. Well, I had come too far not to see the summit so I went around the gate with another like minded individual and made it to the top.
Second HP out of three...