Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2011-02-05

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Saturday, February 5, 2011
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

On a cold and misty morning I left Charlotte and headed for the hills. I was expecting a lot of snow since I had nearly got stuck in Dallas due to a major snowstorm. However, amazingly there was hardly any snow below 1500m altitude. My original plan was to hike from Black Mountain campground but I got on to the Blue Ridge Parkway by mistake and found myself nearly at the summit road. Well I thought I would just hike the road instead but even more amazingly it was ploughed and open. From just before the summit I emerged from the mist into sunshine, a magical temperature inversion with a sea of cloud below and just a few summits poking out of the top. I hiked the short path in the snow to the top and watched as the mist slowly evaporated giving goog views into the valley. I resolved to hike Roan High Knob later that day since I had taken the easy way to the top of Mitchell.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:98 ft / 29 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Trailhead:Summit Car Park  6586 ft / 2007 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes

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