Kerouac had nothing on me: I decided to climb Mt. Mitchell at 8pm, rented a car at 9pm, drove 14 hours straight from NYC, arrived at the trail head at around noon the next day, climbed, drove straight home, returning at around 7am the day after.
The mountain itself was the least of my issues.
A great day with the fam
Climbed this peak from the campsites at the bottom of the mountain. Enjoyable and beautiful hike. I think the road to the top detracts from the summit, but what can you do?
With Jessie. Fun, cold hike.
Eighth HP on a 3 week road trip thru 17 states. Got locked behind the gate after sunset. Nice enjoyable hike up the old route from the ranger office.
Hiked to the top then decided to go along the Black ridge to the next couple of peaks. That additional detour was well worth it. Some great views with less people than Mitchell proper.
We took the Mitchell Trail up, no driving allowed to the summit, cmon guys! Memorial weekend, beautiful day, and sweet drive up from Asheville to the trailhead. Also hit Mt Craig, and Big Tom too....
Part of Thanksgiving Long Weekend high pointing trip on 7 Southern States: AL, TN, GA, SC, NC, FL, MS. However, Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville was closed, so never made it. Will have to come back for Mt. Mitchell.
Great day except at the top. Lots of fog. Combined this with Clingman's Dome
Unfortunately, no views to be had this day.
We took the Old Mitchell Trail after a thunderstorm had gone on all night. The trail was fairly steep and super muddy, which made for a lot of fun. We enjoyed the hike immensely.
When we got to the top we enjoyed funny looks from those who had driven to the top who couldn't understand why we were so muddy. Most of them would glance at us a few times, then break down and ask us how we had gotten so muddy just walking from our car. It was pretty funny.
Third in a bid through the "Southern Six-Pack."
Not much to report. My original intention was to hike up Colbert Ridge, past Deep Gap & Big Tom -- but the bummer weather and developing blisters on my feet prompted me to take an easier, shorter route. I went with Long Arm Ridge.
The hike was a bit disappointing & frustrating due to total lack of views & rain. And the blisters went further in spite of all my preventive medicine (apparently too little, too late).
Still, I'm glad I went. Popular summit for the driving crowd.
My 20th state highpoint. It was also #4 of 4 in the same day!
Black Mountain to Mt Mitchell then on to Mount Craig - 6647', Big Tom - 6580', Balsam Cone 6596', and Cattail Peak 6584'. About a 16 mile day. It was muddy and cloudy, but not cold.
Another cloudy summit, but the fun is just getting there.
Took the Mount Mitchell Trail from Black Mountain Campground in clear, sunny weather. Encountered very few people along the whole trail. Great scenery from the top, but nothing too inspiring below that.
Parked at the main office and hiked the Old Mitchell Trail - much more enjoyable than just driving the last two miles to the summit. A good hike and satisfying meal at the park restaurant!
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.