Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2011-02-05
|Date:||Saturday, February 5, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||6684 ft / 2037 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOn a cold and misty morning I left Charlotte and headed for the hills. I was expecting a lot of snow since I had nearly got stuck in Dallas due to a major snowstorm. However, amazingly there was hardly any snow below 1500m altitude. My original plan was to hike from Black Mountain campground but I got on to the Blue Ridge Parkway by mistake and found myself nearly at the summit road. Well I thought I would just hike the road instead but even more amazingly it was ploughed and open. From just before the summit I emerged from the mist into sunshine, a magical temperature inversion with a sea of cloud below and just a few summits poking out of the top. I hiked the short path in the snow to the top and watched as the mist slowly evaporated giving goog views into the valley. I resolved to hike Roan High Knob later that day since I had taken the easy way to the top of Mitchell.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||98 ft / 30 m|
| Distance:||0.4 mi / 0.6 km|
| Trailhead:||Summit Car Park 6586 ft / 2007 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Weather:||Cold, Breezy, Clear|
| Time Up:||5 Minutes|
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