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Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2012-06-27

Climber: Alan Barber

Date:Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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

We routed our trip to avoid the Blue Ridge Parkway because some reports describe the frustration of being stuck behind a line of RVs driving at slow speed. In hindsight, we would have done better to take the parkway at that time of the morning on a weekday not associated with any holiday. We made it to the turn in for the park and started our drive up the mountain.

Mount Mitchell North Carolina is the 16th highest high point and rises to an elevation of 6,684 feet. While it is definitely a drive up, once there you still have to do some hiking. There is a 500 yard long asphalt pathway which climbs steadily to the summit from the parking lot. It is not a shabby climb, and having done it twice to get a fresh camera battery, it felt like a good workout.

The tower at the top gives a great view of the surrounding area. Several other “sixers” can be seen in the distance. There is no USGS marker but there is a circle with the outline of the state of North Carolina in it and a round metal insert located at the relative site of the high point. Several concrete benches are provided at tower. Below the tower near where the tower ramp starts we found the tomb of the Reverend Elisha Mitchell D.D. (a professor for 39 years at University of North Carolina) who was killed on June 27, 1857 exploring Mount Mitchell when he was 64 years old.

After leaving the summit, we headed down but stopped at the restaurant to have lunch and enjoy the view. There were more people using motorcycles than RVs during our trip and this location was no exception.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear



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