Hiked over on my way north to Celo Knob.
Last one before the big push down deep gap and continuing to White Star & Gibbs. Views were quite good on this windy day.
My first hike. I did a point-to-point, finishing atop Mt. Mitchell. At that time I was not yet afflicted with peak-bagger's disease, so I don't know if I made sure to stand on the high point.
This was the farthest extent of our hike from the Mt. Mitchell Parking area. Had some serious rain just as we got here which killed my camera permanently.
Black Mountain Crest Trail from Mount Mitchell to Deep Gap.
Another peak on this high ridge
Went to Cattail and back. Almost 4600 feet elevation change, 11 miles. A lot of trees have fallen on the trail, in some parts near Deep Gap it is quite annoying.
Passed by along crest trail. Some great rock outcrops and views. Amazing sub-alpine area for the South.
Mount Mitchell to Deep Gap-and back.
Peak 6 of 6 (last but certainly not least) of my Southern Sixer Six Pack. Check out my trip report on the Mount Mitchell page.
Lot of Bushwhacking
Heading up north to Deep Gap.
I summited this mountain as part of my hike of the crest trail in early January. There was about 6in. of snow with a lot of ice on the trail. Very cold. Wind chill was bellow zero. Great hike though.
Very cool mountain. Really sucks to climb from Deep Gap, but it's worth it. Not much going on up top though.
My wife Jennifer and I hiked Potato Hill/Cattail Peak early in the summer on our traverse of the Black Mountain Crest Trail which begins at the Mt. Mitchell picnic area. This continuously rolling, steep and slippery trail (especially past Deep Gap) hits 7 named Southern Sixers (Mt. Mitchell, Mt. Craig, Balsam Cone, Cattail Peak/Potato Knob, Winter Star Mountain, Gibbs Mt. & Celo Knob).
The views on this were some of the best on the east coast. Late spring & early summer are good times to attempt a traverse of the North Carolina Blacks. The wildflowers at this time are showing their colors, the ferns are unrolling & the Balsam forests are alive with all kinds of wildlife. Also, the brutal heat and humidity that characterize summer in the South usually does not set in, in earnest until mid-June.
Getting to the summit of Potato Hill is a bit of a chore. Unless someone else knows of another route, you have to just bull your way through some really thick undergrowth to get to the true summit. There's not much to see up at the very top--more brush, basically. Leave you pack on the Deep Gap Trail. Even my daypack was too much to try to carry through the bushes and limbs.