Ascent of Mount Craig on 2016-05-29

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 29, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Craig
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6647 ft / 2026 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the summit of Mt. Mitchell, I crossed the road and parking area to begin my hike on the Deep Gap Trail to the summit of the second highest peak in the East, 6,647 ft. Mount Craig.

The Deep Gap Trail started out rather mellow, passing some picnic benches early on. Not long after leaving the hustle and bustle, the trail became steep and rough in places- more so than the Mt. Mitchell Trail. Dropped down to the col, then made a steady climb to the partially open summit, where excellent views to the south and east were had. Spent a little while here, then headed back to Mitchell for a victory break (and strawberry cider), then headed back down the way I came.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:537 ft / 163 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4221 ft / 1286 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:250 ft / 76 m
    Loss on way in:287 ft / 87 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Deep Gap Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mt. Mitchell  6684 ft / 2037 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3934 ft / 1199 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3647 ft / 1112 m; Extra: 287 ft / 87m
    Gain on way out:287 ft / 87 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:Deep Gap Trail, Mt. Mitchell Trail
    End Trailhead:Black Mountain Campground  3000 ft / 914 m
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mitchell/Craig 5/29/2016

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Mitchell2016-05-293700 ft / 1128 m
2Mount Craig2016-05-29537 ft / 164 m
Total Trip Gain: 4237 ft / 1292 m    Total Trip Loss: 4221 ft / 1287 m

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