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today's weather made this hike perfect.

did the whole thing in about 5 hours, but I was hauling to beat sundown. bring a minimum of 2 liters of water and plenty of snacks. I was starving by the time I got to the top

My husband and I hiked this trail from the parking area currently designated which is roughly .5 miles from the campground. It was tough and awesome! It took us 4 hours and 40 minutes to get to the summit from our car and about 4 hours to hike down. I'd estimate we took a 10 minute break every hour. We are not experienced hikers but are active. The only thing I would have liked is more lookout spots along the way. There were virtually none. A fella (ultra trail runner) who knew this trail well stopped to talk to us and told us because of the changes in parking the round trip was closer to 14 miles which matched what my Garmin said. I'm glad we hiked this trail!

7 days ago

More than 5.8 miles and very difficult. Trail is for experienced hikers

8 days ago

Enjoyed the trail. Definitely rough with rocks and roots, and nearly a straight up trek.

Great trail. Strenuous at times. Very enjoyable.

I've hiked this trail twice, my first and last time! We hiked the BMCT as a final practice hike for our upcoming Philmont trek. Although I knew it would be difficult I wasn't prepared for the seemingly endless accent UP of the first 4 miles. However, after stopping for lunch and a quick nap at the top (Celo Knob). I had enough energy to trek on. The views at the top and along the crest were amazing. We camped at Deep Gap for the night and found the natural water springs our Troop had used on previously BMCT hikes had almost dried up. To find water we had to backtrack a bit down a side trail (Colbert Ridge Tr) to find a very small spring that had a trickling flow off the side of a rock face. We collected the water in backpacking pots, filtered it, and added tables. It took almost 2 hrs to collect enough water for our crew of 14. The next day's trek to Mt Mitchell was filled with difficult ups and downs accompanied by spectacular views. I have never been SO glad to finish a hike as I was for this one. To anyone attempting this hike be mindful of the scarcity of water and be very careful if hiking this trail in wet conditions. Our trek was somewhat dry but some of the rocks/boulders were still very slippery and slick. Although at the beginning of this trail review I stated that I would not hike the BMCT again I may give it another try with a lighter pack and a lighter me. Good luck to anyone attempting the BMCT and enjoy.

9 days ago

Views from the top can't be beat. Generally well marked, but beware of some switchbacks just after the intersection with Camp Alice. We accidentally spent a few minutes wandering through the woods. We made a loop out of this by taking the Camp Alice & Commissary trails on the way back down. Commissary is just a gravel road, but there are more great views from it, as well as a small waterfall & stream along the way. Overall, definitely worth the hour drive from downtown Asheville

Very nice hike. Great views along the ridge between peaks. Only went to Mt Craig and back.

Great views all around.

10 days ago

Technical in some parts, moderately strenuous due to higher altitude. Loved it, totally fun and worth doing. ❤️

Hiked this Monday and it was in great shape. There are a lot of rocks to scramble over but worth it for the views. We turned back at Big Tom and logged 2.4 miles, I’ll be back to do this one again

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16 days ago

Warning: unless you start at the edge the Black Mountain Campground, this is a 12.5 mile hike minimum. The Mitchell Trail straight up and back is a rocky, rooty and often muddy mess, but one of the best ways to see the change in elevation on flora and fauna. The summit was low 40’s, windy and foggy. Upon return, the trailhead was sunny and 80 degrees!

Great trail, you get to see lots of nice natural communities as you go up in elevation. I did a relaxed 3 day sleeping at the Higgens bald site night one and on the western most Chestnut Knob the second night. No water near the Chestnut Knob site but otherwise nice. The last few miles of the trail are on a gravel road (if you go counter clockwise on the loop). But it was closed as of 05/10/19 so it wasn't too bad. The parking area was also closed as of the above date, So you parked 0.5 miles from the parking area on this map. I went mid week and only saw a few people, most up near the state park/summit. Overall a very nice few days.

Beautiful waterfall! Easy hike! We did park outside and walk to the campground. But we ended up showering and paying for a day pass, so we could’ve pulled up to the campground

Very easy path, super wide, amazing cascading waterfall! And even room to take a dip!

I’m in decent shape, that being said, it took me 11 hours to finish!! The views were beautiful. I did this trail a couple of months ago.

Great Trail in spite of being socked in by clouds and cold rain. Follows the ridge so lots of views if clear.

nice little trail. easy to get to.

This is one of my favorite areas. I did a loop of the lower river loop to devils den to Setrock falls and back on the road to the temporary parking area. Trees have fallen by the waterfall sadly so it’s not as open and pretty but you can still see the falls and dip your toes!

on Roaring Fork Falls

27 days ago

Nice trail. Narrow at top.

29 days ago

Trail is muddy. most of the parts are rocky. Definitely takes your breath away. Took me 3 hours to the summit from black mountain campground summit. Worth it for a good day hike. Markings are very clear.

The Commissary Trail is an easy hike. Basically a relatively level dirt road. It does lead to other tails that are more challenging and interesting.

A great short hike that takes you from Commissary trail to meet with Old Mitchell trail near the peak of Mt Mitchell. It was a beautiful hike but lots of roots and rocks so watch your footing

Not Easy...This is a challenging and interesting short hike with a few small bridges, one short set of stairs and a short climb with rope that is provided on the trail. It's listed as easy on this app but the trail signs list this as a strenuous hike and i would agree. There are lots of roots and rocks on the trail so watch your footing. The trail ends at the top of Mount Mitchell's 360° scenic overlook, which is the tallest peak east if the Mississippi and a great place for pictures and lunch.

30 days ago

Great payoff for a short hike ... even in the 20MPH winds today!

1 month ago

very nice for a 1 mile trail

1 month ago

awesome trail!!! biting flies are no fun but that's apart of the game. it took my gf and I about 5.5 hours with breaks .. slow going but fun.

Was a very difficult trail, yet beautiful! Do not underestimate the power of this mountain. We got caught in a very intense storm. The oxygen levels are %5 lower than see level.

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