Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2014-07-07
|Date:||Monday, July 7, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||6684 ft / 2037 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMitchell is the last peak of a three week 24 ultra trip, and my penultimate ultra in the USA Lower 48 States, leaving me with just Mt Washington to complete.
The previous day Alan Bernier and I had climbed Lassen Peak and Shaffer Mountain. I've arranged to travel home via CLT Charlotte airport and from there it's a simple drive of a couple of hours each way. Then a 5 minute walk at most.
Having learned it's an easy peaks and done no research I'm quite surprised by the elaborate structure which gives a view over the trees. It's centred on N35.76498 W82.26513 (2037m). I find no USGS trig or benchmark: there's a nice nameplate on the floor which is the right size and shape but apparently not USGS property. There's a survey bolt on an outcrop at N35.76507 W82.26525: history/source unknown.
Keen on some exercise before getting back in the rental car, I jog the trail north for a couple of miles. I visit Craig Mountain (N35.77752 W82.26202, 2025m, trig plaque) and Big Tom (N35.77990 W82.25985, 2002m, USGS trig plus smaller one from a survey company). My turnaround point is Balsam Cone: I visit four points of which the southernmost (N35.78941 W82.25589, 2008m, trees) seems higher but the GPS reads higher at N35.78991 W82.25600 (not great accuracy due to tree cover).
It's a nice trail with moss and a few plants including wood sorrel and great yellow gentian, both familiar from Europe and befitting a homeward theme.
Mount Mitchell photo album
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||66 ft / 20 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||0.2 mi / 0.3 km|
| Trailhead:||6618 ft / 2017 m|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 1|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast|
| Time:||5 Minutes|
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