Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2016-12-30

Climber: Wilder Leavitt

Others in Party:Mary Morningstar
Date:Friday, December 30, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Mitchell
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6684 ft / 2037 m

Ascent Trip Report

Very cold start (approximately 28 degrees F) at campground. Trail dotted with periodic fallen branches and some loose rock, but otherwise clear. Took Higgins Bald trail up and contiguous Mount Mitchell trail down. Upper 1/3 of trail had sections of ice sheets on trail and had to step off trail to negotiate the ice. Summit temperature was 15 degrees F. Only met 8 other hikers during round trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3689 ft / 1124 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.7 mi / 18.8 km
    Route:Mount Mitchell Trail
    Trailhead:Black Mountain Campground  2995 ft / 912 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Windy, Clear
Very cold with temps below 20 deg F at summit.
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 

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