Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2000-05-26

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Friday, May 26, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Mitchell
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6684 ft / 2037 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mount Mitchell is the highpoint of North Carolina and of the entire Appalachian Mountains. Trails and roads allow for options to reach the top. Not wanting to spend an entire day hiking, I chose to drive. Two days ago, I was here, but encountered heavy fog. I could not see beyond my car hood. I backed off, stayed in Asheville, then took the long way around (via Virginia) to dodge stormy weather. Now, here I was a few days later, in much nicer weather.

I followed the well-signed Mount Mitchell turn-off from the Blue Ridge Parkway and drove 10 miles to the visitor's center and parking lot. I hiked to the highpoint along a gravel path, ten minutes up. I spent a little while here enjoying the scenery and people-watching. The day was still young and I had designs on hiking a whole bunch of North Carolina County highpoints along the Blue Ridge Parkway, so I got moving soon, with Blue Ridge Pinnacle in McDowell County up next.

Mount Mitchell required virtually no effort, although trails exist for this peak. In all fairness, I knew I'd be getting my share of scratches before the day was over.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:6534 ft / 1991 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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