Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2016-12-30
|Others in Party:||Mary Morningstar|
|Date:||Friday, December 30, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||6684 ft / 2037 m|
Ascent Trip ReportVery 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.
| Time:||4 Hours |
| Time:||3 Hours |
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