This is a moderate one way trail to Black Mountain Campground in Pisgah National Forest. I assume any other less steep or strenuous trails would be longer? View campsite map, availability, and reserve online with ReserveAmerica. So, thanks for the advice. We're in a little better than average shape but obviously we don't hike in a lot of mountains. My hiking GPS showed 3.5 hours moving, and 1.5 hours stopped. Some rougher sections of trail start to appear, although it's still the climb more than the surface that makes it challenging. We ended up getting snowed on for about 10 minutes and then it turned to rain. Forest Service Campgrounds. Then it was three hours back to my car at the campground. Tallest Mountain on east coast, there is a restaurant there. Mitchell is the tallest peak in the Appalachian Mountains and the Eastern U.S. which makes it a worthwhile destination for any hiker. Helps to see start and end points for an individual trail. W.F. Now... descending the mountain is the tricky part. I do think that the Higgins Bald trail is worth it for the variety of plant life. My longest breaks were from 30 seconds to one minute.Descending with most of the roots and rocks covered with leaves was a real hazard. Flat ground not needed-the beauty of sleeping in a hammock. We froze because I wasn't stopping to put on my emergency rain poncho. I live about 4 hours away. We old guys have weak knees. WiFi at the camp office. General Notes: April 15, 2020 – October 30, 2020 (Peak Season) April 15, 2021 – October 30, 2021 (Peak Season) For reservations call 877-444-6777 or by visiting www.recreation.gov There are not a lot of watering holes! Good camping and trout fishing at the black mountain camp. Usually Temperatures are in the Upper 50's in March within the Mount Mitchell premise. :), Brad said: I'd like to do some snowshoeing this winter and Mt Mitchell seems like the best place. Summiting into a busy tourist area is not what I was hoping for with my first mountain hike, weridgirl36 said: how many hours days did it take to climb mount mitchell. WNCOutdoors data is made freely available under the The poster that said they drove from Raleigh, did the hike and drove back in one day is full of you-know-what. Blisters can be another problem. The trail climbs steadily and is strenuous for even the most fit, but if you take your time most people without health problems can cover the 3600' elevation change. i was just up there guiding a trip. The new observation deck is finished and open, and the Parkway is open at least as far south as Asheville. Tip: you may want to pop a pain reliever before heading back down if you are feeling discomfort in your knees, etc (if you're not yet, just wait!). And I did about a solid hour in near darkness as the sun set on the way down. Also, bear in mind when the park closes because there are gates all over the place and, I suppose, hypothetically you could wind up stuck on the mountain (though I'm not sure about that). It took us a total of 8 hours with 1 of the hours total for rest periods. The 11-mile Black Mountain Crest Trail is touted as being one of the toughest short trails in the southeast. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Buffalo Creek Park Enter Date. Was a full day of hiking and I was very tired afterwards, with sore legs. Although it was more overgrown than the main trail and there really wasn't any views that I was expecting, I DID like the fact that it gave you a bit of flat ground to walk on instead of the constant climb. We use hiking poles and they were very beneficial on the way down. I always error on the side of caution when I enter the woods, which is good - but my pack was a little heavy and I maybe could have done without a few lbs - so pack smart. There was another sign about a guy I can't remember and a picture of the mountain with a "you are here" marker on it with an elevation of what I thought said 6,684 which is the peak height. The steepest portions of the hike appeared to us to be in the first 4 miles, so the going is much easier the last mile and a half near the summit where the thinner air might be a factor. Now, we don't KNOW that there was an hour and a half left, and we should have planned better, left earlier, etc. See 2 traveler reviews, 2 photos and blog posts. I had hiked this trail 17 years ago in perfect, mid-November weather. We brought 100 oz of water for two of us (6 bottles) and that was about perfect. It only took a is 3 hours to get the the bottom. It was killer! However, we needed every minute of that rest as it was very strenuous; we probably should have rested more. Problem with the views on this hike is that most are obscured by what looks like telephone poles. I dide hike/jog to summit in 2hrs. I just started way later then I would of liked I and hate to start something and not finish. Will probably not do it again but will definitely revisit the campground soon as there are several great trails in the area. . Then you'll pop out of the forest onto the old railroad grade that encircles much of Mount Mitchell and provided a way for the loggers to get the fruits of their labor off the mountain. Have any of the posters ice climbed in Ouray Park, Colorado? Other trails from campground lead out and away from Mitchell to fire tower views from the south, so if you have time throw that in for good measure. This trail was the longest mileage and highest elevation gain we have tackled, and it felt manageable. The trees get shorter near the top, attesting to their young age. Sobo 10 said: Hello all, It's a very picturesque landscape. James said: Climbed to the top in September. Mount Mitchell State Park offers several different hiking options, a short loop (less than a mile), a ridgeline hike with endless spectacular views and, for the most rugged adventurer, there is a trail that goes all the way to Black Mountain Campground. Matt said: Really glad I just found this site. Mitchell in one day, but this description leaves me daunted. I am a firm believer in them now in general but especially for this hike. Mitchell summit gains approximately 3,700 feet in elevation over 5.6 miles and is steep and technical in many areas. We did Mt. Where we camped in early November was a good .25 downhill and back up to the nearest stream. About 3:30 and 4:47 round trip, including time taking pics and video. The trail terrain is quite varied; slick boulders, loose rocks, roots, some leaves, etc. We put a car at the top of the mountain at 9:00am. Allocate 4.5 hours of strenuous hiking to reach the summit and 3.5 hours to descend. Campsite Non-Electric. Gain: Parking: 6.0 hrs with 1.5 hrs for breaks 3,684 ft Black Mountain Campground parking area. We did the complete round trip hike. Victor Road Dispersed Camping. Hover over a trail to see it highlighted. Sections of the trail in this area are very rocky and steep, and require some hand-holding to traverse. Soon later I figured out why he had a funny look on his face when he asked me if I was leaving at that time. Claim Campground; WEATHER. Mitchell Trail #190, bear left onto the Mt. The Black Mountain Range has a small footprint but packs a mighty big punch. And is there a camp site on the way to allow me to just take my time camp out. The path for the next few yards is shared with the Buncombe Horse Range Trail as it follows the railroad grade on a nearly level course, just shy of 5800 ft. elevation. Be prepared for tricky footing (especially on descent) wet rocks and lots of roots. Maxx said: I hike 800+ miles each year with fairly decent elevation gain and thought I would have some advantage but this mountain still kicked my butt. I felt like the trail was 75% roots and rocks, so sturdy hiking shoes are a good idea. When we left the top I wised up and shoved my smaller pack into my husbands pack and just had a waist pack that holds my water bottles and pouch and I was off like a rocket, probably because it was starting to thunder and although my husband wanted to try and get a ride back I was determined to get back on our own. We sat at the top for an hour eating lunch and taking pictures then headed back down. But there’s a much more interesting way to approach the mountain. Fortunately all of the rain I had driven trough on the 3-hour drive from Concord NC was now over. If there is any fresh snow falling the trail could be very hard to follow. You climb above the 6000 ft. contour not far beyond the second switchback past the railroad grade. 35.75129, -82.22026 By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins Mt. Difficulty Rating: 19.9 Tread Condition: Moderately Rough Climb: Climbs Steeply Lowest Elevation: 2995 ft Highest Elevation: 6684 ft Climb Total: 3689 ft Configuration: Out-and-back Starting Point: Black Mountain Campground (or optionally Mount Mitchell State Park summit parking area), Trails Used: Mount Mitchell, Balsam Nature, Summit, Buncombe Horse Range, Briar Bottom, Mountains to Sea Section 3, Higgins Bald, From Asheville, take I-240 East to I-40 East toward Old Fort, N.C., about 19 miles. Only had about 15 more minutes of daylight before I got to my car in time. The gift shop was small but had a variety of selection for adults and very young children. i was just up there guiding a trip. Black Mountain Campground sits in the shadow of Mt. It’s the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in North Carolina, and east of the Mississippi. We hiked it on 12/16/15 (December) and it was an eerie 65 degrees up until we reached the summitt, great for hiking, strange for December. The dog- well I held him back. I found the trip down to be worse than the trip up due to the large sections of the trail that are totally choked with roots and rocks. Native Red Spruce and Fraser Fir soon take back over the species list. The day was sunny, a little breezy at the top. Now, I'm not sure what they were but I'm fairly positive their mother was not a cute, cuddly house cat. This sign is right after you cross under the power lines a few times. It took us 2h30 mins to get back down but my partner does everything like he's trying out for the Olympics. Be prepared to move slowly across the icier sections (we use homemade steel "cleats" on our boots to be safe) and wait to take breaks somewhere out of the wind. If you are experienced hiker this hike is strenuous but not technical. Mount Mitchell is part of the Black Mountain Crest which includes 6 other peaks above 6300' nearby, including Mount Craig, the second highest peak in the US east of the Mississippi at 6,645'. Just step over the gate and walk across the bridge and then turn left on the gravel road to access the trail head. How does Mt. And the downhill will eat your quads alive. The staff was very friendly and nice.Mount Mitchell is no fee. Luckily the trail is blazed in such a way that although you're climbing over 3000 ft, the elevation is smooth all the way to the top. The trail is pretty well marked. We are semi-active 26 year olds, and we only brought our CamelBak packs with us (not heavy camping gear). Tip: Printing this map? It took me 6 hours to go up and 3 hours to return. There is just not a lot of flat ground.Anyone in even fairly decent shape should be able to make it to the summit and back down during daylight hours. . if we pushed on and he'd left us, we'd have been hiking down in the dark. Lots of bear activity in this area as weisguy said. We started our hike shortly after 9:00 a.m. and were back down at the campground at about 5:45 p.m. Bob Marshall said: Marcy was a little more difficult than i expected. I plan to run on flat ground to make up some time. I am a runner. The hike began at Bowlens Creek. On the way up I saw a total of 5 groups of 1-2. It is high up in the sky above the Parkway though. Mt. Is everyone here starting from Black Mountain Campground? One of them has been known to conk out on long hikes but he didn't complain at all. Going up is the easy part, as you're not so tired. 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. I've read Randy Johnson's article in WNC Mag. By that I mean hiking poles, wow those helped so much especially on the descent. The forest gets very thick, though most of the tree branches are dead except at the top, and everything is covered in green moss. This hike's description assumes you're starting at the bottom going up. Black Mountain Crest Trail - Pisgah National Forest & Mt. You're now well into the spruce-fir forest zone. I can't recommend going way out of your way to do this, but if you're in the area or live in the state give it a go. I turned 72 this past June. Lists safety concerns, results, topographical maps, and pictures. It's also not exactly flat, as we found we were constantly awaking with our feet pushing through the nylon at the bottom of the tent. I knew that I was near the summit when I passed a couple carrying cups of coffee followed by two moms carrying babies! The nature center halfway up was open with various animal pelts and great answers to all the kids questions. As the temps fall again there will definitely be ice all over the upper areas of this trail. The first couple of miles down you're thinking "going back down is going to be sooooo much easier." This is a moderate one way trail to Black Mountain Campground in Pisgah National Forest. Jon said: Does anyone know if the trails are closed due to the government shutdown? Would love to hear your thoughts. Although steep and rough in sections, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views. Got to the bottom near 5:00 pm and had enough sunlight to get back on the interstate before it got dark. That was basically nonstop hiking a moderately fast pace. Any thoughts appreciated. Our feet are killing us, but we had great weather and are happy to say we've done it! There is a small marker that has a red tag pointing up the hill to Mt. Be sure to take the other fork at Higgins Bald to enjoy the most variety on the hike! It was 34 degrees at black mountain campground at 8:30 am and 70 degrees when I arrived back to 2:45. By 1:30, I was ready to head back down and did so maybe quicker than I actually wanted to reaching base at 4:15. Within the national forest that covers much of the land surrounding Mount Mitchell, two campgrounds are open to RV and tent campers from mid-April to early November, weather permitting. my best time to date is three hours and forty minutes to ascend and three hours and ten minutes to descend.however,itis not the hike as much as the wonderful people i met on this hike. Mount Shuksan in the Northern cascades was beautiful and covered with new snow the day we started six days of survival training.I now know what it is like to train with six straight days of whiteout. Steve said: I hiked Mt Mitchell on Saturday May the 25, 2013. Black Mountain Campground (fs.usda.gov), 12 miles east-southeast of Mount Mitchell, has 43 campsites with no hookups. AJ said: I hiked Mt. That's not realistic" I did start the hike at 9:30 am, but wish I would have started a bit sooner to ensure I had plenty of light. I know the rangers keep the road in the best shape they can (I have an FJ Cruiser to make the drive up). Forest Service Campgrounds. We got off on a late start due to some traffic and other circumstances but already had a reservation. In fact, some people describe it as...well, a bit jarring! Cell signal 2.6 miles down a gravel road. That was a surprise. I've noticed most of the comments are from men -- would this hike be a safe trip for a female to do solo? Lots of uneven terrain. we've been hit by winter storms up top. Don't look up or down a lot...just when you think you're "almost there", you got a little bit further to go. For a scenic waterfall trail, check out Crabtree Meadows Campground. Started at Black Mountain campground (where I set up my camp and left my car), so I was committed to hiking up and back down. The top is all asphalt and all folks that drove up will be at on the top of the mountain, noisy, in the way of hikers, making phone calls to friends telling them they are on the highest mountain East of Mississippi. If you're looking for a challenge of a most strenuous rated long hike, and the reward for having done the Eastern U.S.'s highest peak at the end, go for it - we're glad we did, now that we're recuperated! A lot of people who drove up were on the observation deck and some people on the upper trails reachable from the parking lot. 001. I was really nervous leading up to it. Reading the description I was really close. Megan O said: Tackled Mt. Rob Ford said: Is the Creek about halfway up an issue in February usually? The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. (At least it used to have these views - it's apparently become too overgrown to see much in recent years, unfortunately. so save the speeches . (Folks eating cheeseburgers from the concession stand will be sitting on resting benches found beside the path, or hitching a ride up in a golf cart from a park ranger). And even happier we did the shuttle car arrangement, and didn't have to come back down... Nancy said: I did this hike today, September 8, 2013, on my birthday with my 11 year old daughter. that is wonderful. 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. At this junction, if you head to your left you will find several palatial camping spots before linking back up with the Mt. Mount Mitchell State Park. Seeing them growing here gives you a glimpse of what forests all over the Black Mountain range used to look like, and a glimpse at why the forest was so valuable to loggers. The road from Marion is not recommended for long trailers or the faint of heart. Oh, and at the top, the nice kids at the concession stand serve up a hot chocolate that was mighty fine for us tired & wet climbers! They're stunted compared to the ones lower down by this area's exposure; the shallow, rocky soil; and lack of water as these steep slopes drain quickly. The GPX format stands for GPS Exchange - a free, open, XML format for exchanging GPS and map data. Make sure to bring trekking poles or a walking stick. I prefer to just type it in, instead of getting cables and GPS out and doing downloads and digging through software. Personally, I wold recommend hiking if you are able! I made it up in 3 hours and 20 minutes taking the Higgins Bald side loop on the way up. Downhill was definitely harder because it is pretty steep. Went up in 2hrs 45mins and down in 2hr 35mins. Bring good comfortable hiking shoes but know they will be caked in mud. Also is there any good camp spots along the route? Be sure to bring sunscreen and bugspray if you're going to sit anywhere in the shade. The way we do it isn't the best in terms of miles/day, but in the winter, that's for the best. government agencies, and field observations. The park has a small family campground; however, the hiking trails are the big lure. Haha and still had to turn around with about an hour and a half remaining. A little over 3 miles past NC Hwy. Take exit 72 for US Hwy. This page has great directions, descriptions of what to expect and solid comments from fellow hikers -- thank you to HikeWNC and all who posted. The Trail to the Summit. The switchbacks made the hike up easier for me but was glad to have my hiking poles for the descent due to the length. Ryan said: One other thing, got to the top in about 3 hrs. The hike is a butt kicker. Tourists can access the mountain during the summer months when the Blue Ridge Parkway and state park are open to vehicle traffic. Gain: Parking: 7 hours and 45 minutes with 1 hour and 45 minutes of breaks, or 2-3 days backpacking 5,390 ft Parking on Water Shed Road is small and can only fit 2-3 cars. High wind gust side ways rain. This hike is good if your trying to challenge yourself. Felt like I had gone farther than that! It was just what I expected, thanks to this site. Click a trail for more details and to download it individually. Alex said: Patrick, also planning on doing this Jan 31.. camping Fri/Sat night on commissary ridge. Mac McCormick said: Did the hike on Thursday 7/21 to honor my son Matt who encourage me two years ago to try this challenge. I usually like to take my time descending and just enjoy the view. How are the colors. If you're not used to hiking or strenuous exercise, I'd use a hiking pole to help, especially on the way down! Needles to point out that the only thing I needed was one single bottle of water going up. It took us 6 hours and 10 minutes to complete this hike, not including time on the top. All in all it was a great hike. Jim FitzGerald said: I hiked this trail on Monday, October 15th, only saw one group on the way up (they rode to the top and hiked down) and two groups coming up as I went down. Feels remote This mountain doesn't disappoint! Mansfield (VT) in one day. The hike starts from the somewhat remote Black Mountain Campground. Chris said: Did this trail yesterday. David said: Thinking about hiking this trail in the morning with some friends (Sunday 1/26/2014). Wear hiking BOOTS that are waterproof, there are so many wet/swampy spots and small creeks to hop. The trail was very icy before Commissary Ridge and from Commissary all the way to the summit. The main problem for myself was fighting off muscle cramps in my calves. 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. Wanted to avoid the 105 degree heat in charlotte so went to climb mt mitchell. Camping near Mount Mitchell. 16.72 Mile (s) Campground Reviews (0) Reviews. Not a whole lot of traffic either, but the few hikers I did come across were very friendly. I enjoy this kind of stuff though, and was in awe of the backwoods. I trained for this and studied the climb and the supplies, especially water, that I would need. Took me longer to get down, 4 hours, than up. I read that most all do this as a day hike. 15.59 Mile (s) Mount Mitchell State Park. Trail was very wet with running water on the trail in several places, lots of slippery rocks and roots, I slipped and fell once cutting and scraping my right elbow with in the first couple of miles so I slowed down and was more careful to avoid wet rocks as much as possible. In the begining a fellow local at BM camp ground asked if we were hiking the next day, I replied "no sir", then he stated "today" which by my watch was 5pm. It's such a nice park, it'd be great if they could get those working again. Amie said: I just completed this hike Nov.2 and it was overall great. The interactive museum was enjoyed by our young children and was accompanied by a tour guide who shared additional information regarding historical data and other information. We had a wonderful hike. 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, … Sandy said: My husband and I hike a lot in Florida and did complete the Georgia section of the AT. Mount Mitchell rises 6,684 feet in the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge. She did freaking awesome. Katadin were tougher hikes, but had much better views. The WNCOutdoors Base layer is provided by WNCOutdoors.info. You never really get a view of the summit until you're right below it; at this point you're nearly done with the hike as you come out near a park building and a paved path. Coming down was OK since I picked up some sticks and used them as hiking poles which transferred a lot of the strain from my legs to my arms and shoulders. I have yet to hike this trail, but this one of my most favorite places in the world to visit. It was indeed a great work out, a beautiful, diverse trail, and a great hike. Upon reaching the top of the Mt. Does anyone know if you are allowed to leave cars overnight at the campground when it is closed? Each direction took us about 4 hours. The trail was pretty well populated the day we went. One less break and i would have bettered my time. It took me almost 5 hours from the moment I left my car in the parking lot in the AM to the moment I opened the door of the car again in the PM. Followed some tips here to get in early to beat the heat. Sandy said: We were just there this weekend Oct. 4 and it is open! It's grown into some of the trees. It was very hot - 95 by the time I finished. It was a smoker! Although several other named trails share the path you'll be taking, you can just follow the blue-blazed Mount Mitchell trail the entire route. c'est la vie. We took the Higgins Bald portion up, but not back down. Anyone hiking down should be careful and watch where they’re putting their feet (duh!). I have never seen so many on a trail before. Thanks, Brad. One good option to lessen the strain, but still make for quite an achievement, would be to leave a vehicle shuttle at the summit parking area and hike up, then avoid the impact on the knees by driving back down. I am training for Kilimanjaro in 3 weeks, so I made it to the top in 2 hours 15 minutes and am 6'3 215, using poles with 50 lbs on my back. WiFi at the camp office. The straight, resilient spruce wood was seemingly plentiful, so these trees were prize timber. Vanessa Vila said: I hiked this with my brother on Sunday 2/2/2020. As of May 2010 neither of these are accurate. The trekking poles were VERY helpful in navigating all the snow and ice up top. The Black Mountain Range has a small footprint but packs a mighty big punch. You'll find that you need to stop at least three or four times to rehydrate and rest. Washington in NH is much more grueling of an ascent and potentially dangerous with weather. Took 3.5 hours to go up and almost the same to go down. Jon said: I must say that was a challenge. 90% of the mature Firs are killed by the adelgids, which are related to the Hemlock Wooly Adelgids wiping out the hemlocks further down the mountain. I didn't re-injure my foot and didn't twist an ankle, so, it was a great day spent with great friends on a great trail! I am in pretty good shape so I set my goal for summiting at 3:15 mins. But the conditions when I was up there did change from deep mud (I'd say up to 7-8 inches in spots) to deep snow and ice (maybe 6 inches). Nate said: I am very disappointed in myself. Marcy is a 14 mile roundtrip, lot to lot. (Not a lot of level terrain, though - that's why Camp Alice is so popular!). Greg said: Can you hike it from the Black Mountain Campground to the summit and back in the same day (daylight hours)? Sunny, warm, easy to hike with trail shoes (no boots), shorts, and t-shirt. The temperature was some 12-15 celcius so optimal for running and no need to drink that much. 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