Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2016-05-29

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 29, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Mitchell
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6684 ft / 2037 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did a solo out and back from Black Mtn. Campground to the East's two highest peaks, Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Craig.

From the parking area, I followed campground roads to the start proper of the Mt. Mitchell Trail. From there, it was 5.6 miles to the 6,684 ft. summit. Pretty much the whole time, the trail was full of switchbacks, and therefore grades were easy to moderate. Down low, wildflowers were starting to bloom, which made for great pics. About 1/3 of the way up, the trail forked; I stayed right. Not long after, the two splits rejoined, then I made a more moderate climb to the junction with the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, criss-crossing a power line swath in the process. From the junction, it was a steady 1.6 mile climb through spruce-fir woods into the state park and past some tourist paths to the summit.

The summit of Mt. Mitchell has the signature sign, the tomb of Dr. Mitchell, and an observation deck. Spent a while here and then continued to Mt. Craig after some thinking.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:Mt. Mitchell Trail
    Start Trailhead:Black Mountain Campground  2984 ft / 909 m
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
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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