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Ascent to Mount Mitchell-Road at turnoff from BRP on 2016-11-13

Climber: Dan Baxter

Date:Sunday, November 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Mitchell - Road at turnoff from BRP
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:4800 ft / 1463 m
    Remaining Elevation:1884 ft / 574 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

29 miles of windy turns on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the dark, after summits of Sassafras, Brasstown Bald and Clingmans Dome earlier that day.
Slept in a large scenic outlook parking lot just west of Mitchell.

Early the next day went to drive to the peak/trailhead, only to find that Mitchell State Park was completely closed (including pedestrian) right at the entrance turnoff off the Blue Ridge Parkway! There was dozens of wildfires in the SE due to the severe drought (and presumably arson), So they closed the whole park! Damn!! And nary a "park closed ahead" sign anywhere along the 29 mile tedious drive up the hill.
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