Mount Mitchell, North Carolina

Prominence: 6089 ft, 1856 m

Elevation: 6684 feet, 2037 meters

True Isolation: 1188.98 mi, 1913.48 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 6684 ft / 2037 m
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)35° 45' 54'' N; 82° 15' 55'' W
35.76497, -82.265152 (Dec Deg)
385635E 3958619N Zone 17 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceNorth Carolina (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionYancey (Highest Point)

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     Mount Mitchell at Trip Report for Yancey, NC by Ron Tagliapietra Trip Report for Yancey, NC by Dale Millsap Trip Report for Yancey, NC by Thomas Harper

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Lists that contain Mount Mitchell:
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #25)
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #397)
     USA/Canada Range4 High Points (Rank #132)
     Eastern USA Peaks with 2500 feet of Prominence (Rank #2)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #25)
     Southeast USA Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #1)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 100 miles of Isolation (Rank #2)
     U.S. State Park High Points (Rank #2)
     Most Isolated Peaks of the U.S. States (Rank #4)
     USA Lower 48 Range4 High Points (Rank #74)
     United States State High Points (plus DC) (Rank #16)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #25)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #24)
     U.S. State High Points (Rank #16)
     North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Southeast USA Peaks Top 50 by Prominence (Rank #1)
     Eastern U.S. County High Points over 4500 feet (Rank #1)
     CoHP High Five List (Rank #73)
     USA Lower 48 Range3 High Points (Rank #15)
     Appalachian Mountain Range4 High Points (Rank #1)
     Southern Appalachian 6000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     North Carolina County High Points (Rank #1)
     Southeast U.S. Peaks with 50 Miles of Isolation (Rank #1)
     High Points of Counties Crossed by the Appalachian Trail (Rank #1)
     Fifty Highest Eastern CoHPs (Rank #1)
     Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge (Rank #1)
     South Beyond 6000 (Rank #1)
     Eastern USA 5000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
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Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     2009-05 by Tom Layton
     2009-10-07 by William Musser
     2009-10-07 by William Musser
     2010-04-01 by Lester Long
     2010-04-03 by Rick Tomlinson
     2010-05-07 by Clarence Mayo
     2011-02-05 by Lee Newton
     2011-02-20 by William Ward
     2011-08-12 by Matthew Gray
     2012-03-03 by Tye Scott
     2012-04-13 by Tony Gentry
     2012-06-27 by Alan Barber
     2012-08-23 by Dave Dunham
     2013-05-19 by Rob Anthony
     2013-07-06 by Andrew Hollis
     2014-04-05 by Tom Layton
     2014-05-16 by Marcus Lostracco (GPS Track)
     2014-06-24 by Dan Hildebrand
     2014-07-07 by Rob Woodall
     2015-05-16 by Tomoko Nakajima

View ascents of peak by registered members (597 total)

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Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in the Appalachian Mountains, and on the mainland of eastern North America. No land is higher than Mount Mitchell in the vast area between the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Arctic peaks of Greenland, and the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. The closest higher peak is over 1,200 miles away, in New Mexico's Rocky Mountain foothills. Of all the peaks in the contiguous United States, only Mount Whitney in California is further away from higher ground than Mount Mitchell.

Mount Mitchell was named for Dr. Elisa Mitchell, who became involved in a controversy with Senator Thomas Clingman over who first recognized this peak as the highest in the Appalachians. In 1857, while making further measuremnts, Mitchell fell to his death near the summit now named for him. Clingman had to make due with getting his name on the highest point in the Great Smokies, as well as on Clingmans Peak (6520') just to the south of Mount Mitchell.

Most people get to Mount Mitchell on the 3.5 mile spur road from the Blue Ridge Parkway, which leads to a large parking lot, a concession stand, the grave of Dr. Mitchell, and an observation tower that allows far-ranging views over the trees. For hikers who don't mind a steep 5.4-mile, 3600 foot gain walk through thick forest to get to this overly civilized mountaintop, the Mount Mitchell trail begins in the valley to the east, at Black Mountain Campground off of NC Route 80.

A very misty day on the highest peak in the Eastern United States, Mount Mitchell (1984-08-18).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 6089 ft/1856 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 6094 ft/1857 m
  Line Parent: Divide Mountain
  Key Col: Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal    595 ft/181 m
Isolation1188.98 mi/1913.48 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Lone Butte  (W)
Isolation Limit Point: 37° 7' 41'' N; 103° 35' 12'' W
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RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Appalachian Mountains (Highest Point)
Range3: Blue Ridge Mountains (Highest Point)
Range4: Central Blue Ridge Ranges (Highest Point)
Range5: Black Mountains (Highest Point)
Ridges/DividesBlack Mountains Crest (Highest Point)
Black Mountains Crest (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsNolichucky (HP)
French Broad (HP)
Tennessee (HP)
Ohio (HP)
Gulf of Mexico
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: Mount Mitchell State Park (Highest Point)
Topo MapMount Mitchell O35082g3 1:24,000
Route #1 Paved Road: Mount Mitchell Road
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The Black Mountain crest between Mount Mitchell and Deep Gap. Photo by Todd Grey (2007-02).
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The Black Mountains from U.S. Highway 80, including Mount Mitchell. Photo by Todd Grey (2007-02).
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former observation tower at Mt Mitchell summit (2005-10-21). Photo by Tom Owen.
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Mount Mitchell Sign (2014-07-11). Photo by John Edwards.
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Beautiful Day on top of Mount Mitchell (2014-07-11). Photo by John Edwards.
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At The summit of Mount Mitchell (2014-10-22). Photo by Jason Jaycox.
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At The summit of Mount Mitchell (2014-10-22). Photo by Jason Jaycox.
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