Ascent of Mount Craig on 2020-10-05

Climber: Don Elwell

Others in Party:My brother
Date:Monday, October 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Craig
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6647 ft / 2026 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arrived at Mount Mitchell State Park entrance at 10 am. Parked at restaurant parking lot and started Old Mitchell Trail near Admin building in front of restaurant at 10:40. (The sign for the lot was down and you can't see the buildings from Route 128. The first lot on the left has the restrooms, continue on to the next lot. The road to this lot turns sharply back on the right and leads to the parking lot.)

Reached paved path to the summit observation tower and took a break, then on the tower at 11:50. Ate lunch and headed for Mount Craig at 12:25pm. The trail head is across the parking lot near the opposite end. On Mount Craig, enjoyed the view for about 20 minutes and headed back for Mount Mitchell at 1:30, arriving back on the tower at 2:15. After a break, headed back to car at 2:30, arriving there at 3:20.

The following statistics are just for the ascent to Mount Craig from and back to the saddle between Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Craig. The hike from Mt. Mitchell to the saddle and back to Mt. Mitchell is not included.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:295 ft / 89 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Deep Gap Trail, Black Mountain Crest
    Trailhead:Mount Mitchell/Mount Craig saddle  6352 ft / 1936 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:20 Minutes

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