Perfect day on the Black Mountain Crest Trail. I really enjoyed the cooler weather and breeze at altitude. Five of the top ten highest peaks in the east adorn this lofty ridge. The ground is almost always wet and chances are you'll deal with slick rocks and roots, and mud. It is the highest trail east of the Mississippi, as it traverses the summit of several peaks over 6,000 feet. Otherwise you'd have to pull out your headlamp and that defeats the purpose of hiking/running in such a beautiful place! Posted by aas65411 October 13, 2019 October 13, 2019 Posted in Uncategorized. Mitchell State Park The Black Mountain Crest Trail is one of the most renowned and intimidating hikes in North Carolina. As one might notice by now, there is a trend in the trails I choose. Mitchell. It is also widely acknowledged as one of the premier hikes on the east coast. 9. There are some stunning views from any number of points along the trail just below the true summit of Potato Hill, offering views back toward Mounts Craig and Mitchell, and toward Winter Star on the far side of Deep Gap. This is ideal for 2-3 days backpacking. 7. Black Mountain Campground Loop via River … Bathrooms are available at Mt Mitchell, along with sundries. Is it worth it: undoubtedly The shuttle hike described here is only feasible Spring-Fall. DIFFICULT 11.0 mi. To my knowledge they do not give that money back to the high peaks association who maintain the trails. The climb begins along a roaring creek, which still had icicles hanging from waterfalls. Death March on the Black Mountain Crest Trail. You have to keep moving though. Please explain. Black Mountain Crest Trail: Pets must be restrained or on a leash at all times while in developed recreation areas. It’s hard but achievable if you are in good hiking shape. I got to Deep Gap at about 4:00 and two hikers collapsed on the grass. A great hike to clear trail and thank the NCCC crew (Luke, Alysha, Drew, Chase, Travis, and Peter) working the Black Mountain Crest Trail!! Don't underestimate this trail. First, note that this is a point to point hike, so a shuttle of some variety is crucial. I requested a shuttle at 6:30 AM from Cane River Gap (Big Butt Trailhead) to Bowlens Creek (Black Mountain Crest Trailhead. When you turn onto Water Shed Rd from Bolens Creek Rd, follow a gravel driveway named Stanley Trail branching left off Water Shed Rd. Be prepared for ALOT of elevation gain and alot of rock scrambling. Cherry Mountain Loop via Buncombe Horse Range Trail. I don't consider the owners of these lots "scammers." Five of the top ten highest peaks in the east adorn this lofty ridge. It climbs from the trailhead at Bowen’s Creek near Burnsville to a ridge that connects 10 mountains that are near or above 6000 feet in elevation. During the winter the exposure to the west can be especially harsh. Create Recommended Route or Trail . Bring plenty of water due to very few water sources. The parking space beside Water Shed Rd is small and can only fit 2-3 cars. There are a couple of deep-ish gaps along the ridge that will get your attention but overall nothing that compares to the first four miles. Follow this road to the h… We picked out the Black Mountain Crest Trail, an 11.3 mile trail that starts at Bolens Creek and ends at the summit of Mt. Mitchell Tower where you can see all the peaks that you will be hitting on your hike. A difficult hike along the entire Black Mountain Crest Trail starting at Bowlens Creek and ascending 3,000+ ft to Horse Rock Meadows below Celo Knob. We have not parked here before, but understand they are legitimate. I hiked a 3-mile portion of this Sunday, half of it twice, from the Cattail Peak region to Mt. Particularly Special Place. The Black Mountain Crest Trail could be run very easily. I like to park a car at the Bolen's Creek end and have my hiking partner drive us in another car up to Mount Mitchell. Not much to see on the way up, other than rugged boulder-strewn creek for the first mile. Thought that was pretty neat! If you start at Mt. Before beginning the hike, I would reccommend climbing to the top of the Mt. The Black Mountain Crest Trail does go over the summit. The elevation gain is similar hiking either direction. I think it's perfectly reasonable to do this hike/run as an out and back with some preparation and decent fitness. Roan Highlands: 18 miles. Hikers get a place to park; this family gets some coin to maintain his own land. It isn’t owned by the forestry service or any hiking association. Black Mountain Crest Trail is a 11.3 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The CCNC crew consisted of five 18 to 24 year-old AmeriCorps Members led by a trained crew leader. Sunny, not too hot. Quite eerie. By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins (Contact Zach). This one is certainly worth a blog entry. The Black Mountain Crest Trail is a point to point trail starting at Bowlens Creek Road and Ending at the Mt Mitchell Summit parking area or vice versa. I would do this hike again, but would like to do an out and back in the same day to up the mileage/gain/difficulty. This is one of the premier trails in North Carolina, perhaps on the East Coast, and should not be missed. Some of the trail near Bolens Creek is close to pools where fishing may be possible. Spent the night in the car and listened to the rain pelt the windows and was rocked to sleep by the wind wobbling the car. Webcams and current weather of the Black Mountains can be accessed through the NC High Peaks Trail Association website. I consider it a service to the hiking community! Great hike, i did it without poles but i was envious of those with them especially on some of the descents that didn't have ropes (helps keep strain off the knee). This was the first time I used the shuttle service provided by Yancey County Transit Authority. Yep, the first few miles were brutal but we signed up for it. I only saw 2 groups of 2 all day, and one of those groups was not close to the BMCT. Make no doubt, this is a tough hike but the views and the terrain are amazing to see. Mount Mitchell - Black Mountain Crest Trail #179 RECOMMENDED ROUTE. That being said, this was still a fantastic hike. 3 rides ; Photos. Bring lots of water and nutrition. I'd like to note a few things for other hikers. classroom / lounge, and shelters. Upon coming out of the forest and onto Celo Knob you are hit with the beautiful view that the Blacks have to offer. These sites can be included in a longer backpacking loop using the Mt. It's tough, but it's worth it. It is an all day adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Lovingly nicknamed the “Death March” by North Carolinians, this hike may be the toughest you’ll encounter in NC for the distance covered. The crest trail may be beautiful and a peakbagger’s dream, but do not underestimate the difficulty of tackling this from the northern trail head at Bowlens Creek. Watch and laugh, as they quickly change their mind. It is a steep ascent that drags on, up switchback after switchback. The Black Mountain Crest Trail begins with a 4 mile long climb, from just over 2,000 feet in elevation up to above 6,000. If tallest-peak-in-the-east Mount Mitchell is the crowning jewel of the range, then the 11.5 mile Black Mountain Crest Trail is the strand of pearls. Keep the 6's coming Zach Robbins! Black Mountain Crest TR 179 This trail is rated as most difficult and crosses several 6,000 plus foot peaks. BMC016. From here, the Deep Gap Trail / Black Mountain Crest Trail continues a northbound journey on the Black Mountain ridgeline. If tallest-peak-in-the-east Mount Mitchell is the crowning jewel of the range, then the 11.5-mile Black Mountain Crest Trail is the strand of pearls. 8. You’ll likely encounter lots of ice beyond Celo Knob, traction devices are recommended. DISTANCE (one-way) 11 mi (18km) DIFFICULTY. It lives up to its reptuation. That was, until I asked him what he thought about climbing the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi. Be mindful that it’s an hour drive between points if you’re doing two cars, one at each end. Mitchell. Felt like Autumn at times and was a nice break from the summer heat. This is a win-win. Crest Trail goes over the summit 3. Trail reports are used to indicate a trails current condition and inform builders and other riders about any issues on a trail. Maple Camp Bald Loop via Buncombe Horse Trail. Hiking the Black Mountain Crest Trail was awesome. Our plan was to camp in Deep Gap so we packed accordingly and didn’t super rush the first half of the trail. A Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) crew of young adults worked with volunteers from the North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association to complete high priority trail work on the Black Mountain Crest Trail in the Pisgah National Forest. The Black Mountain Crest Trail ends at summit parking lot. The trail is fantastic and one of the most challenging in the area. Video starts looking west towards Cane River Gap and pans around to the South to show Winter Star, Potato Hill and Cattail Peak. We hiked the trail in late May and the the trail was in the shade. Location: 35.767607, -82.264537. Climb over 10 peaks above 6,000 feet on this 11-mile shuttle-hike culminating at Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi River. Once on the ridge the trail levels out and the views are magnificent. You can make a reservation to camp in the state park at the 9-site tent campground south of Mt. Black Mountain Crest Trail. You will be towed if you park here! This epic route climbs quickly out of a valley to reveal an epic ridgetop traverse like no other. Water is scarce throughout this hike. Mitchell Trail. Starting at Bolen’s Creek felt like several start from the bottom hikes I’ve done in SNP and GWNF.. It’s steep but I stuck to my pace till it all leveled out. Make it to that tree. Share a Video . 4. It is also widely acknowledged as one of the premier hikes on the east coast. This narrow trail is extremely steep and follows... 0.35mi, Climbs … The roots, the trees, the views, the rock scrambles, all of it make this a really fun hike. Junior warned us about Mt Mitchell, that she was a mean-ol’ mountain and he genuinely seemed very worried about us. Craig. Very limited parking at Bowlens creek if any at all. The Deep Gap Trail (also know as the Black Moutain Crest Trail) begins at the Mt. Hardest hike I've ever done and i loved every second of it. Simply beautiful. In my opinion the northern Black Mtns hike is the most scenic in the state, partially due to complete isolation. 5. It’s totally unfair to call them scammers. Black Mountain Crest Train is the Beast of the East! Black Mountain Crest Trail (North Carolina) Trail Map Listings . It is a steep ascent that drags on, up switchback after switchback. The shuttle arrived just after 6:00 AM and patiently waited for me to get ready. Walk to the top of the lot towards the bathrooms and gift shop to find the paved walkway to the observation tower. But I have a problem with the comments about scamming hikers for parking. Much of this hike is above 6,000 feet elevation and exposed on narrow ridgelines, plan accordingly. I really enjoyed this trail BUT it was pretty tough. Black Mountain Crest Trail Reports. Mailing address (not location): 2388 State Highway, Burnsville, NC 28714 They must meet one requirement; a claim to be the hardest in the area. I can recall only one small stretch of about 50 yards where it leveled out some, the rest of the climb is up up up. The Black Mountain Range has a small footprint but packs a mighty big punch. DIFFICULT 17.4 mi. January 31, 2018 holly Leave a comment. Follow this to NC 1109 (Bolens Creek Road) on the left. The ascent and descent between each one is not just a nice downhill or uphill, but instead hard climbs. Cherry Mountain Loop via Buncombe Horse Range Trail. Mitchell State Park, NC Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping 12.1 mls N/A Hiking Time: Elev. There are some stunning views from any number of points along the trail just below the true summit of Potato Hill, offering views back toward Mounts Craig and Mitchell, and toward Winter Star on the far side of Deep Gap. This trail is definitely a beast. Starting at Bowlen's Creek trailhead, you actually have a fair amount of close parking, though be prepared to pay 5$ if the two free spots are full. The Black Mountain Crest Trail does go over the summit. 6. Much of this hike is above 6,000 feet elevation and exposed on narrow ridgelines, plan accordingly. When I go to Asheville, I sometimes park in private lots. Share a Photo . When we left at 4pm it was packed and the bottom was closed until more people left! One of the more interesting features along the trail are the thousands of ghostly tree skeletons that inhabit the area. They had just come up Colbert Ridge and were taking advantage of the soft grass and catching their breath. 6,581'), Balsam Cone (Elev. Mitchell, and much more than that to the detriment of my body. I do not suggest giving them money. The views were spectacular as always from Mt. The South Beyond 6000 was something I knew I wanted to do the moment I learned of its existence. I did a portion of this hike today, from mile 4.5 to mile 7.8. By Danielle Alling . Mitchell State Park is typically closed all winter. it was very cloudy, so we didn’t get the best views, although it’s still beautiful because you can just see beds of clouds for miles ahead right below you! Mitchell. DIFFICULT 11.0 mi. Pisgah National Forest. 1:18. How in the world is this "scamming?" The trail crosses the summits of nine mountains with elevations over 6200 feet. This route pairs the Big Butt Trail, Mountains to Sea Trail, and the Black Mountain Crest Trail for an adventure equivalent to the Adirondack Great Range, Presidential Traverse, and even the infamous Grand Canyon R2R2R. SOLITUDE. The Black Mountain Range has a small footprint but packs a mighty big punch. Difficult. There is no parking provided at Bowlens Creek where the trail ends. Otherwise you will have to hike the crest trail both ways for 24.8 miles and roughly 8,000 feet elevation gain. The climb up Celo Knob is about as tough and unrelenting as I've ever done. Cited the most scenic stretch of the A.T. beautiful section on the southwest shoulder of Celo Knob, road grade peters out and the crest trail becomes a narrow, occasional views of Potato Hill and Cattail Peak, two slick sections of exposed rocks with ropes anchored for assistance, nice stretch of southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest, Mountain Crest Trail ends at summit parking lot, Table Rock Mountain and Hawksbill Mountain, View all 7 archived reviews for the Black Mountain Crest Trail hike, 7 hours and 45 minutes with 1 hour and 45 minutes of breaks, or 2-3 days backpacking. Mitchell. The Deep Gap Trail takes you from Mt. Deep Gap is the most popular area but also has had bear encounters. Mile 11.7 – Old Mitchell Trail splits off to the right (yellow circle blaze). This trail grabs you and never lets go till the very end. You’ll likely encounter lots of ice beyond Celo Knob, traction devices are recommended. Mitchell, and then there’s the really hard way to ascend Mt. Mile 11.7– Old Mitchell Trail splits off to the right (yellow circle blaze). The campground is closed from November 1 - April 30 and camping at the site is considered 2nd degree trespassing. If your used to hiking that way, you’ll do fine. Location: GPS: 35.7528, -82.2737. Black Mountain Crest…one of the last few trails on my list of to-do’s before venturing out of the Southeast for a while. You’ll begin the hike with a lung-busting ascent of 3,000 feet in 4 miles to the shoulder of Celo Knob. The peaks of the Black Mountain Crest . I would throw out some ideas from time to time, but nothing ever caught his attention. From Bolens Creek's north end this trail follows an old Forest Service road before becoming a foot trail. Fun, challenging, airy, with beautiful vistas, and hardly any people once you get away from Mt. Southern sections of the Appalachian Trail. You should see a sign for this parking option on the Bolens Creek Rd sign. 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