Mount Mitchell and the Deep Gap Trail
Mount Mitchell State Park
Yancey County, NC
Friday, June 3rd, 2011
At 6,684 feet above sea level, the summit of Mount Mitchell is the highest point in Eastern United States. I've been there about 5 times and every visit has always been in the fogged. I hoped that today I would get some clear views.
From the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Marker 355, Highway 128 takes you into the state park. The road ends at the Mount Mitchell Summit parking area. A short but fairly steep paved trail takes you the final 100-feet to the Observation Tower on the Summit.
Me at the Mount Mitchell Summit
view from the Mount Mitchell Summit
Looking North towards Mount Craig
The best way to warm up is a little hike, so decided to do a short section of The Deep Gap Trail (also know as the Black Mountain Crest Trail). The trailhead is at the lower end of the same parking area. The trail follows the ridgeline North over several 6,000+ ft peaks.
I decided to go as far as Big Tom (6,581-feet) which is about a mile away making for a 2-mile out and back hike. This also took me up and over the Summit of Mount Craig (6,648-feet).
The Deep Gap Trail
There was a nice variety of wildflowers along the way and lots of open areas to take in the awesome views!
Mystery Wildflower - Some sort of Lily?
Me on the Deep Gap Trail
Along the Deep Gap Trail
Some additional Photos are posted here: