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.
I did this as a drive-up. There is a lot of scenery on the way and at the top, making the drive well worth it.
Summitted in 7:46:58 at the end of a 100 mile bike race, climbing at 7 MPH for the last 25 miles in 50 deg. temps. It rained most of the day. This was my third hard event in 3 weekends with a 1/2 Ironman last week and a 170 mile bike race the week before (90 F and humid). I did a sprint triathlon the next weekend and then I was really sick with a fever about 3 days later and spent a day in the hospital. Maybe I was overtraining?
For an East Coast mountain .. this one
can put the hurt on you. We summitted
in very poor conditions and was not able
to enjoy the view from the summit.
Climbed with wife & best friend & man's
best friend (dog). We spent a long, windy
night in tent city about 800' below summit.
There is a VERY good backcountry camp
@ approx 5,800' called Commissary Ridge
that has incredible views w/ good water
sources. Hang your food here in trees!
This ascent came after a disappointing
unsuccessful attempt in March 2001.
We were hit with well over 2 feet of snow -
a good 2,000' below the summit. We ran
out of daylight & decided to turnaround. This
mountain is great for training & prepping
in the winter months.
Summitted Mount Mitchell three times now
out of four attempts. Best summit ever was
in October 2000 with Fall leaves changing &
one incredible harvest moon.
I basically drove to the top here (luckily the road is free unlike Mount Washington). Coming from Boston it was mission:impossible to find any decent hiking information in stores at the time (REI, EMS, etc.) and I didn't have any time to pick up information locally. When I got to the park office, I was able to buy the Mount Mitchell State Park Map which they thankfully have on their website now (link listed on the Mountain Page under the "Getting There" section). Unfortunately the AMC "NC Hiking Trails" book listed in the Books section does not have any good topo maps for Mount Mitchell - unlike the AMC White Mountain Guide (NH) which has excellent topos for the Whites. A trip report is available at the bottom of this page.