Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2013-06-13

Climber: Albert Wolff

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, June 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Mitchell
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6684 ft / 2037 m

Ascent Trip Report

Camped out at Black Mountain Campground. 0800 start time. Not many views on the way up on trail. Mitchell trail is pretty much a climb all the way. 360 degree views from tower. Black Mountain Crest Trail on top was spectacular. Didn't see any other hikers on trail up but plenty at the top of Mitchell. Continued on ridge to Mt. Craig and Big Tom. There is a couple or rocks just north of Craig summit that are great to kick back on and take in the ridge views on top. There are plaques and summit markers on both Craig and Big Tom.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3684 ft / 1122 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.8 mi / 19 km
    Route:Mt. Mitchell Trail
    Trailhead:Black Mountain Campground Site #3  3000 ft / 914 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Windy and clear in AM. Windy on top, then thunderstorm on way down
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Mt. Mitchell 6-13-2013

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Mitchell2013-06-133684 ft / 1123 m
2Mount Craig2013-06-13571 ft / 174 m
3Big Tom2013-06-13167 ft / 51 m
Total Trip Gain: 4422 ft / 1348 m    Total Trip Loss: 4422 ft / 1348 m

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