Mt Mitchell Trip Report

Mt. Mitchell was completed on Saturday November 15th 2014 during our 2014 SouthEast Trip two days after we climbed Mt Rogers Virginia.

Mt Mitchell NC Summit

Completed: November 15th 2014
State: North Carolina
Elevation: 6,684′
Gain: 106′
Time: 10 Minutes

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The Scenic Blue Ridge Parkway
Mitchell lies just off of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway which winds over and around the mountaintops and even passes through them via tunnels carved from stone. It is the longest state park in America extending hundreds of miles.

Mt Mitchell NC  Tunnel

Mt Mitchell NC Icy Tunnel

Initially we were concerned that we might have to skip this one as parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway were closed due to freezing. We did have to go out of our way quite a bit, but managed to get there. The Blue Ridge was a very nice drive and the sky was clear despite the cold weather giving us great views of the surrounding countryside.

Mt Mitchell NC Drive Up

The Highpoint
Mt Mitchell itself was a bit anticlimactic in comparison to the magnificent drive. We parked at the lot and I began the 10 minute hike to the top. Susan’s legs were still sore from Mt Rogers, and it was cold, so she decided to stay in the car.

Mt Mitchell NC Susan in Car

Elisha Mitchell, the mountains namesake is entombed at the top. As far as I know this is the only state highpoint with a tomb at the peak.

Mt Mitchell NC Tomb

The view from the summit of Mitchell was beautiful, with sweeping panoramas of the surrounding valleys and ranges. This was the best weather so far of this particular trip, and it was a fine day to stand on a mountaintop.

Mt Mitchell NC View