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Backpacker Magazine – August 2010

The Peak: Mt. Mitchell

Enjoy solitude and fixed-rope scrambling on the East's highest mountain.

by: Peter Rives

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Beast of the East: Mt. Mitchell is the left-most peak. (Pat & Chuck Blackley)
Beast of the East: Mt. Mitchell is the left-most peak. (Pat & Chuck Blackley)

The Best...
Car camping
Black Mountain Campground. April 14 (weather permitting) to Oct. 31. $16; (828) 675-5616.

Peak to view Mitchell
Take the Green Knob Trail from the Black Mountain Campground. A lookout tower on the knob’s 5,080-foot summit has views of Mt. Mitchell flanked by the shadowy Smokies, southwest.

Highpoint dayhike
Ascend 4,000 feet in 5.6 miles on the Mt. Mitchell Trail and return via the trail to Higgins Bald.

Slice of pizza
Get the Badlands pie at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company.

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May 22, 2012

trail ropes? would these already be in place or what? i've not heard of this before.

victor shivone
Nov 09, 2010

I love this article! Thanks."I don't even care if I get a view, because the challange of the adventure would be so awesome! What an intense place! I look forward to doing this trip!

Sep 10, 2010

Definitely Check the weather conditions before you decide to go. If its going to be anything other than mostly sunny, don't waste your time. The peak is right in the cloud cover so you won't see much even if its partly cloudy. If you get up there in the sun, though, its well worth the hike!!

Greg T
Aug 15, 2010

Nice post. The only bad thing about this hike is actually getting to the top of Mt Mitchell and being able to see anything. I went up to it this May and couldnt even see my hand in front of my face. If you are in for a good history lesson, look up the story about the mountain. It is definatly worth it.


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