Looking forward to my 29th and 30th as my goal was 30. This look is still evident today despite the massive amount of loggin… Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment? Mount Mitchell's lookout tower is wheelchair accessible if driving to the summit. This was a great hike, it’s the second time that we have backpacked it. The trail is well maintained. After crossing Setrock Creek you can set up camp in the area with fire-rings. Mitchell. The first third of the hike is where most of the ascent is tackled. Two good water sources. It is linked to Clingmans Dome, the third highest peak in the US east of the Mississippi at 6,643', via the Blue Ridge Parkway National Scenic Drive. The next morning, continue on Higgins Bald Trail joining Mt Mitchell trail again for the ascent to the top. The summit of Mount Mitchell is then quickly reached. The trail head is located in the Black Mountain Campground, managed by the Appalachian Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. Mount Mitchell Hike Starting at the Black Mountain Campground on the Toe River, this hike gains 3600 ft in elevation over 5 1/2 miles to reach the summit of the East's highest peak, making it one of the toughest continuous climbs in the region, near the limit of what most people will want to tackle in a day hike. Started at 4:30am, rainy cold day, windy and ice at top. We speed climbed it to the summit and back to beat a huge incoming blizzard. Take in the incredible scenery of the Southern Appalachians by hiking the Hemlock Nature trail, or take a 5.6 mile hike to the top of Mount Mitchell State Park, the highest peak in North Carolina at 6,684 feet. I have now covered the Mountains to Sea Trail from Elkin to Mount Mitchell. © 2020 Outdoor Project. For most of the hike, you are on an exposed, narrow ridge above the clouds. The trail begins at the Black Mountain Campground (operated by the U.S. Forest Service) and ends at the summit. Black mountain Campground. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Bag this peak on a pleasant 13.1-mile out-and-back hike in the Pisgah National Forest and Mount Mitchell State Park and you'll score great views of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains from the summit tower. It's a little off the trail but nice and spacious while just a quick walk back to the creek for water. Clingman’s Dome, Tennessee’s highpoint can also be seen in the distance. Its really a great hike but you needs micro spikes and gaiters as a minimum this time of year. We made it from Bowlens Creek to the summit of Mount Mitchell in a little under 10 hours. From the summit of Mount Mitchell, the closest higher peaks are located in the Black Hills of South Dakota and the Highland Foothills of Colorado. Nice big sites, 4 electric, New bathhouse, good showers, trout stream, waterfall, biking and hiking. Check the conditions here. It's dark in that forest. The range is named for the dark green appearance - almost black, from afar (especially during winter) - of the spruce and fir trees which grow along its summit ridge. North Carolina's highest mountain range, and indeed the highest east of the Mississippi, is a J-Shaped ridge northwest of the Asheville area known as the Black Mountains. Closing timevaries by season. Got rescued by park ranger at summit so didn’t have to walk back down. It is a good workout and has good really good camp sites. I hiked all the way up to find continuous cloud cover with no visibility. If you see my yak tracks on the trail... I’m not coming back for them so please use them courtesy of me :). You won't find many decent views of the surrounding mountains or the valley below.The Higgins Bald Trail has a waterfall but it is only decent after a heavy rainfall. Hiking the Black Mountain Crest Trail was awesome. The hike began at Bowlens Creek. It’s about the journey and not the destination right?! The Higgins Bald and Mountain-to-Sea trails eventually meet again at 4,800 feet. (Rating: 5 /5, 5 Votes) Mt Mitchell is the highest summit east of the Mississippi River. This is a strenuous 10+ miles out & back hike with about 3,500 ft. in elevation gain. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Black Mountain Crest 11.3 Mount Mitchell 5.6 Buncombe Horse Range 17.0 Big Tom Gap 0.4 Use Ease Blaze/# Name Miles Pisgah National Forest Trails Mount Mitchell 5.6 to Commissary Hill 1.5 Black Mountain Crest 11.3 to Mount Craig 1.0 to Deep Gap 3.8 Old Mitchell 2.0 Commissary 2.0 Camp Alice 0.5 Balsam Nature Loop 0.7 Campground 0.4 Didn't have any trouble following the well marked trail. We promise not to annoy you, but if you wish, you may unsubscribe at any time. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Buffalo Creek Park Once again, the blue and white blazes will lead the way. From the Mount Mitchell parking area or the park office to the trailhead is about 0.3 miles, and there is a fork in the trail, … I can imagine Hansel and Gretel sitting there waiting for their parents to come back for them. Mitchell Trail. As the summit is mostly treed in, a lookout tower has been built to allow a 360-degree view. Note: The Blue Ridge Parkway is often closed in winter, in which case the trailhead can be accessed through North Carolina Highway 80. I want to hike this soon but don't want to hike back at dark. Your reward is the incredible 360° view from the Mt. I have hiked this trail 23 times from Black Mountain Campground to the summit and back to the campground. Numerous dead trees (killed mainly by sub-zero temperatures and high winter winds) are seen as hikers near the top of … While a road leads directly to a parking lot minutes from the summit, the best way to enjoy this mountain is by earning the view. Campsites and fire rings are also available. It’s the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in North Carolina, and east of the Mississippi. Total Length: 5.7 miles This is a moderate one way trail to Black Mountain Campground in Pisgah National Forest. The best way to truly appreciate this state park is via the extensive hiking trail network. This 6-mile trail requires about 4.5 hours of strenuous hiking to reach the top and 3.5 hours to return. Mount Mitchell Trail: This long, strenuous hiking trail leads from the Black Mountain Campground to the summit. After a good rainfall the Higgins Bald Trail has a decent waterfall on the left. Mitchell, the range has 18 peaks climbing to over 6300 ft. in elevation. The area offers the standard features of a state park (stores, restrooms, picnic tables, campsites, restaurant, etc). The first 3 hours were 95% climbing. Mount Mitchell is part of the Black Mountain Crest which includes 6 other peaks above 6300' nearby, … It's an easy 1/2-mile hike to the 75-ft. waterfall, located by the Black Mountain Campground. Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter packed with the best adventure guides, travel ideas, news, and articles. Easy to follow trail, well marked. Highpoint of North Carolina. DescriptionWaypoints (0)Getting There. I've been able to complete most of this trail 2 times and while the views on the way up are slightly obstructed, you cannot beat the experience in terms of terrain, ecosystem changes as you move further up the trail, and the remoteness mid-mountain. The campsites are equipped with picnic tables, tent pads, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure. Also, you may notice a relatively full parking lot upon arrival, but the hike and falls are surprisingly not as crowded. Black Mountain is a mecca for the outdoor enthusiast. Mount Mitchell State Park: Hike from Black Mountain Campground - See 744 traveler reviews, 755 candid photos, and great deals for Burnsville, NC, at Tripadvisor. Elevation:6,684 ft Location:Mount Mitchell State Park, Yancey County, NC Notable Features:Highest US peak east of the Mississippi River Observation deck, museum, and giftshop at summit accessible by foot (hiking) or car (via Blue Ridge Parkway) Park Hours: Open everyday at 7:00am except Christmas Day. The trail begins at the Black Mountain Campground (operated by the U.S. Forest Service) and ends at the summit. Mount Mitchell rises 6,684 feet in the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge. The hike starts from the somewhat remote Black Mountain Campground. The hike starts at Black Mountain Campground, where a parking area just before the actual campground accommodates day hikers. Numerous switchbacks help ease the way through vegetation that remains mostly open. Windy, a bit exposed, but nothing well equipped folks can't handle. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is the way up, and it is well marked by blue and white blazes. After passing Buncombe Horse trail on the left, turn left onto Commissary trail where you can set up camp for night two. We believe good things come from people spending time outside. Mitchell observation tower where you can spot seemingly every mountain range in North Carolina. The hike from Black Mountain Campground along the Long Arm Ridge to the Mt. This was a very challenging hike but extremely fun. Mount Mitchell from Black Mountain Campground via Higgins Bald is a 29.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Mitchell Trail #190, bear left onto the Mt. Allocate 4.5 hours of strenuous hiking to reach the summit and 3.5 hours to descend. However, this part of the course contains the crux of the run with a 4 mile; 2,000’ climb up to Woods Mountain via the Woods Mountain Trail. From that intersection, the trail climbs steadily with a moderate grade until reaching the Commissary Ridge, where it flattens out. Most of the trail is on USFS property. Very strenuous but a great experience! Even though the trails gains over 3,600 feet in total vertical elevation, it is never technical or steep. Bag this peak on a pleasant 13.1-mile out-and-back hike in the Pisgah National Forest and Mount Mitchell State Park and you'll score great views of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains from the summit tower. Great views. All rights reserved. Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, California. Start from the information sign where you park and head into the campground to access trail TR190 - Mt. It's steep and rough in sections, but there are spectacular views. Hiked this with a fellow climber in January 2013 as a prep for a March Aconcagua climb. The views up at the parking lot are fantastic. This is day 2 of our overnight hike from Buck Creek Gap to Mount Mitchell. Mount Mitchell from Black Mountain Campground via Higgins Bald is a 18.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. At mile 4.0 there is a large grassy field available for tent camping. Mount Mitchell is royalty in terms of mountains in the East. It’s about building relationships with the outdoors and each other. It is a good workout and there are two major water sources along the way. 12-16-07 I arrived at the Mt. Surrounded by a spruce-fir forest, Mount Mitchell’s summit looms 6,684 feet above sea level. The trail enters stands of red spruce and Fraser fir that fill the air with scents of Christmas above 4,500 feet. Bob.... how long does it take to summit and what time to start from trail head? The facility provides hot showers and restrooms with flush toilets. Wow! I’ve hiked this trail twice and am about to go again. We really enjoyed the views. Mount Mitchell Trail. Like Clingman’s Dome, the vast majority of visitors drive to a parking lot just below the summit and walk to a viewing area at the top. Note that the trailhead at this lot leads in the opposite direction to Green Knob. Whew this was maybe the the toughest trail I've ever done. From there take a left on Higgins Bald Trail. It would be nice if there were more signs showing “distance from summit” and/or “distance from trailhead”. Although steep and rough in sections, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views. Will climb it again next winter as its a great workout. Mount Mitchell State Park It rained part of the trip but it was refreshing not annoying. Nearby attractions include Mount Mitchell State Park (2.8 miles), Roaring Fork Falls (1.8 miles), and Blue Ridge Mountains (2.6 miles). Mitchell was socked in (which is the case a majority of the year), but it was exciting to see the look-out tower & explore the museum & gift shop. met some of the most awesome people. Today, this is the trail mainly used to climb Mount Mitchell. WiFi at the camp office. Setrock Creek Falls is a hidden gem of a waterfall in the Pisgah National Forest at the base of Mount Mitchell.These photos were taken after a good rain, so normally the water flow is less. Louis O. Then continue the trail to the top. I found the trail to be well maintained. If you are not a guest at the campground, park at the small lot across the river, outside of the campground. Maps located all around the lookout tower help identify the many summits visible. It’s about 3 miles down the road from Roaring Fork and the hike to this 75-foot waterfall starts from the Black Mountain Campground. Mitchell trailhead (Black Mountain Campground, elevation about 3000 ft.) at 7:45 am. Don’t miss the other Black Mountains to the north, most notably Mount Craig, the second highest east of the Mississippi; it can be reached via a 2-mile out-and-back side trip. The path is rocky and covered with tree roots. Mount Mitchell Trail (5.6 Miles) Starting from the Black Mountain Campground, this strenuous trail climbs 3600 feet in 5.5 miles to reach the summit of Mt. Mount Mitchell State Park: Hike from Black Mountain Campground - See 744 traveler reviews, 755 candid photos, and great deals for Burnsville, NC, at Tripadvisor. One of those places that stand apart from the ordinary, Mount Mitchell’s dramatic summit is the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet and was the inspiration for one of the nation’s first state parks. Take snacks and plenty of water. Awesome experience! After about 2 miles, an intersection leads to Higgins Bald where the remains of old cabins can be seen. This 6-mile trail requires about 4.5 hours of strenuous hiking to reach the top and 3.5 hours to return. Mitchell without starting up on the ridge & this was a very satisfying & fulfilling climb. From its easily accessible observation deck, the spruce-fir forest of Mount Mitchell State Park leads the eye to unmatched views. Trail is well marked with Blue Diamonds. Mitchell summit gains approximately 3,700 feet in elevation over 5.6 miles and is steep and technical in many areas. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. This trail goes by Mt Mitchell Museum, Mt Mitchell Observation, and Commissary Hill. Camp Alice to Mount Mitchell Summit Trail, Old Mitchell, Camp Alice and Commissary Trail, Commissary Hill via Mount Mitchell Trail and Higgins Bald Loop, Big Tom Gap Spur Trail via Black Mountain Crest Trail, Mount Mitchell to Blue Ridge Parkway to South Toe River Road, Mount Mitchell Trail to South Toe River Road Loop, Mount Mitchell from Black Mountain Campground via Higgins Bald. 35.75129, -82.22026 By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins I had been looking for a challenging ascent of Mt. Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. I have now hiked this trail 28 times. Mount Mitchell is royalty in terms of mountains in the East. We carried 60 lb packs. Mount Mitchell Trail - Pisgah National Forest, NC Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping 12.0 mls N/A Hiking Time: Elev. Camped at the Black Mountain CG for 2 nights with the plan of hiking Mt. Black Mountain Campground, North Carolina - Camping & Campgrounds Black Mountain Campground sits in the shadow of Mt. Great trail, loved the variety. Mitchell, the highest peak in the eastern U.S. and borders the South Toe River. Mount Mitchell State Park: Hike from Black Mountain Campground to Summit of Mount Mitchell - See 744 traveller reviews, 755 candid photos, and great deals for Burnsville, NC, at Tripadvisor. Make no doubt, this is a tough hike but the views and the terrain are amazing to see. I have Frequently Asked Questions about Black Mountain Campground Which popular attractions are close to Black Mountain Campground? “ Ascend the tallest peak in The East from humble beginnings in Briar Bottom Group Campground. Today, this is the trail mainly used to climb Mount Mitchell. ... Mount Mitchell - Black Mountain Crest Trail #179 12.1 mi 19.5 km • 5,010' Up 1526.98 m Up • 1,498' Down 456.71 m Down. Cell signal 2.6 miles down a gravel road. Very uphill with packs. The flat 1-mile round trip is a fairly easy walk through the woods. If panoramic views are what you came for, hit the 6-mile Mount Mitchell Trail. Mitchell Summit Trail for otherworldly views from the overlook before making the trek back to the campground. Park Fees:There are no entrance or parking fees at Mount Mitchell State Park. I only did half this trail, I got picked up at the top. Located on the South Toe River, campers have a perfect place for swimming, tubing and fly fishing. Gain: Parking: 6.0 hrs with 1.5 hrs for breaks 3,684 ft Black Mountain Campground parking area. Mount Mitchell, located about 35 miles northeast of Ashville, in North Carolina's Black Mountains is the highest peak in the US east of the Mississippi River. Outdoor Project may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers. Upon reaching the top of the Mt. Burnsville, NC. It’s the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in North Carolina, and east of the Mississippi. I would recommend checking the forecast at the top before you go. Would do again as a day hike. Went the wettest of weekends but still had fun, Higgins bald campsite is great too. Topping out at an elevation of 6,684 ft. on Mt. Climbs 3,600 ft. in 5.5 miles. If you'd prefer not to make the trek down and can arrange a shuttle, cars can reach the summit via NC 128. See all nearby attractions. It’s about more than standing on the mountain top. Mitchell via Mount Mitchell Trail. It’s about protecting what sustains us. Unfortunately, Mt. This trail climbs from the Black Mountain Campground to Mount Mitchell the highest mountain east of the Mississippi River. Time spent at Black Mountain and Briar Bottom campgrounds is time well spent! Fortunately all of the rain I had driven trough on the 3-hour drive from Concord NC was now over. The road from Marion is not recommended for long trailers or the faint of heart. Besides, the road is often closed in winter because of snow and ice. 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