Mount Mitchell Climber's Log

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huskertriguy - Aug 21, 2012 8:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2012

Socked in with fog & rain  Sucess!

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.

SHP #26


Outdooraholic - Aug 12, 2012 11:20 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2012

#20  Sucess!

My 20th state highpoint. It was also #4 of 4 in the same day!

Joel Hopper

Joel Hopper - Aug 12, 2012 8:51 am Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2012

Great hike  Sucess!

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.

NickyP - Jul 15, 2012 7:54 am Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2012

HP #3  Sucess!

Another cloudy summit, but the fun is just getting there.


PaulRomano - May 30, 2012 4:18 am Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2012

State HP #10  Sucess!

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.


mountainhare - May 24, 2012 1:42 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2008

Old Mitchell Trail  Sucess!

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!


FactorJN - May 18, 2012 1:19 am Date Climbed: May 7, 2012

Great day  Sucess!

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.

Musisca - Feb 12, 2012 2:33 pm Date Climbed: May 21, 2010

Cloudy day.  Sucess!

My wife and I climbed up this one together. It is technically very easy, but it is a long grueling way up. There is little to see along the way and you don't get much of a view until the peak. We unfortunately summitted on a day when it was very overcast, so we weren't well rewarded. It isn't quite the same to summit a peak that has an asphault road that people can actually use to drive to the top. I would encourage trying to hit this on a sunny day. Many more beautiful hikes in NC, but this is definitely a check mark for those hitting highest points.


TrailtrekerNJ - Jan 22, 2012 2:22 pm Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2012


What a bummer, three strikes and I was out.
Strike one - BRP closed 11 miles north of Asheville.
Strike two / three - alternate GPS routes end in closed roadways apx. 4-5 miles from park.
Did'nt try BRP from north as by this time I had traveled/searched 107 miles and 3 hours to no avail.
"I will be back".


McCannster - Nov 26, 2011 6:16 pm Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2011

#19  Sucess!

Bagged this cool mountain on a very foggy, windy, late afternoon. The park was eerily empty and we wad the entire drive, parking lot, and summit walk to ourselves, which made it pretty cool. Zero views.


markowens - Nov 20, 2011 9:28 am Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2011

HP #21  Sucess!

It was 55 degrees in Asheville and 23 degrees at the summit parking lot. Really fun to see the clouds (aka fog) pushed up over the mountain from the west. Beautiful day. On the way out the Blue Rigde Parkway was closed due to ice and snow! I didn't see a flake on any of the roads- but what do I know! lol


damgaard - Nov 2, 2011 4:34 pm Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2011

awesome weather  Sucess!

Drove to the top of Mitchell with "the old folks" and my brother. Frost in the trees made an awesome scenery. Hiked to Mt. Craig and Big Tom and back.


technicolorNH - Oct 6, 2011 12:42 am Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2011

Solitude  Sucess!

Two hours and fifty minutes to the summit from Black Mountain Campground in driving rain. This was my third trip up and the only time I had the trail to myself the entire day. On sunny days the top will have crowds so be aware but the snack bar at the parking lot has reasonable prices and good hot cider if you visit from May to October.


Flattlander - Sep 21, 2011 5:13 pm

When I was 12 or so...  Sucess!

...We drove most of the way up, then walked. Does that count? I guess it would matter if I cared about state highpoints, which I don't. I remember the view being sweet, and thinking, "I'm up higher than anyone east of the Mississippi!"


Jow - Sep 21, 2011 10:48 am Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2011

HP #19  Sucess!

Climbed the Old Mitchell Trail which is 4miles round trip of moderate hiking fun. Highpoint #19


vbeckman74 - Aug 21, 2011 6:08 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2000

First HP Together  Sucess!

Foggy and cool.


xpda - Aug 10, 2011 3:38 pm Date Climbed: Apr 5, 1998

Mount Mitchell  Sucess!

There was rime ice.


rockrat2 - Aug 10, 2011 7:40 am Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2011

Fun hike  Sucess!

Long but easy and nice hike to summit from Black Mtn. Campground. Decent weather but humid.


hightinerary - Aug 9, 2011 7:43 am

Ridge Hike  Sucess!

A friend and I did a point-to-point hike, climbing many peaks along the way and finishing atop Mt. Mitchell. I should do it again some day...


montanachris - Jul 20, 2011 7:23 am Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2011

Earning it.  Sucess!

Hiked up from the Black Mountain Campground. Saw many who drove up at the summit. I'm not a big fan of developed summits at all but it is still a beautiful area and range. Saw a couple of red-spotted newts in the red eft phase; such a cool little critter.

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