Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2014-07-07

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Monday, July 7, 2014
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

Mitchell 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes

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