Tough hike, but worth it!

More of a walking path than a trail but great views.

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rocky
1 day ago

Started from the summit on a drizzly day, so we missed the vistas, but still loved the trail. The rocks were slick, so we were very glad to have our trekking poles a definitely helped us avoid the mud. Fun hike - at one point you use a rope and there are lots of rocks, so technical and fun to hop around. My 11 year old did great - she’s pretty tough, though.

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bugs
1 day ago

Overall by these comments and reviews I was scared I couldn’t do it. But overall these comments may be a little negative. This trail is not strenuous it’s just long and a steady climb. Anyone can do it and you don’t have to have hiking poles unless you use them all the time now. When reading these reviews i was scared I’d have to buy some and I’m glad I didn’t. For reference, I’m 28 yrs old and 18 lbs over weight and I try to walk or do Waterrock Knob for exercise. So I’m not in great shape. I’m in the middle of my weight loss and have lost 17 lbs. I decided to make a detailed review since I thought all these reviews tended to be harsh on the trail. It is difficult for North Carolina hikes but compared to Adirondacks-this was easy. I’ve only done 6 hikes in the Adirondacks and they all were harder than this. I went with my two sisters and one of them hikes in Colorado and she kept saying this was not a hard trail. For a hobby hiker like me, I was huffing and puffing but wouldn’t say it was strenuous. Hard because of the duration but anyone can do it :) Here is a detailed review. We started at 11:20am due to some unplanned delays & got down by 6:30? 2.5 miles into it felt pretty good and felt that these reviews were kinda harsh/ I was very scared to do this trail so far so good. 1hr and 40 miin into it. 2.7 miles done. 3.1 miles it for a little a harder. 2hrs since started. 2hrs and 8 minutes. 3.5 miles done. My sisters are ahead of me by half a mile and keep making fun of how slow I am going. (Not cool but trying to Show for context). 1/2 miles to go. 2hrs and 45 mins. 1 mile to go. 5 done. 3hrs. .5 to go. Stopped for a break 3min. 3hrs & 20 minutes. Feeling ready to finish. 3hrs & 32 minutes to top! With no breaks longer than 3 minutes. My goal was 3hrs and 20 because I was so hoping to at least be about average. Sadly too was cloudy with no view I’d almost recommend to anyone to drive to the top, take your pictures and then hike up. It’s the only way to really get a view that doesn’t change. Ate protein bar & banana. 3hrs down! Little slower than I thought it would be. Pretty steady.

Hiked 3/2020 This hike is amazing and well worth it! The sense of accomplishment that accompanies summiting the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi is huge. Cresting the last ridge and seeing all the tourists stare at you with your hiking gear and determined demeanor is awesome. However, this trail should definitely be labeled strenuous and is not for the out-of-shape or faint-of-heart. The trail is almost completely straight up, with only a few spots that are level. Make sure to bring PLENTY of water and the proper gear. The temperature drops significantly at the summit, so pack layers. The trail took me and my buddy about 6 hours total. All in all great experience, 10/10

Only did 4 miles and forgot to stop watch

After finishing this hike I feel very accomplished, and tired! We took our time going up and stopped for several breaks. It ended up taking almost 5 hours to reach the summit. Going down took about 3.5. A few scenic views and one stream crossing about halfway up. This is a beautiful, well marked trail. Hiking poles were a big help on the trip back down. The trail is a constant climb, with a few short level sections. We have hiked steeper trails, but this was the longest continual uphill trail we have done. Give yourself plenty of time and bring water and snacks.

6.5 hours roundtrip. 3 hours 25 min up, 18 min stoppage at the top and about 3 hours down

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muddy
5 days ago

Took my friend and I about 7 hours to complete, this included a 1 hour break at the top. Trail starts out at a campground. The first 2.5 miles are not very scenic but is super peaceful with lots of forest like greenery. Little pockets of views then pop up for the next few miles, we took a few short breaks on the way up to enjoy some snacks at these pockets. The trail towards the 4th mile started getting pretty muddy but the rocks and roots help with the footing. You can tell when you near the top, the amount of people definitely rises since there are a few campgrounds and a parking lot at the top. I wish the top was a bit less crowded but the views were definitely enjoyable! Going up takes a lot longer than the down since the whole mountain is a progressive up hill until the top. Overall worth it!

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scramble
5 days ago

Pretty tough start with slippery rock but it gets easy if you start from the summit. Commissary trail is flat gravel road for the most part. I recommend Old Mitchell trail. One or two viewing points along the way.

Very short scenic area.

It's a short brick walkway to the summit work nice views. Once at the top, the placards showing you the different mountain peaks in each of the cardinal directions was very informative.

A great day for a easy nature walk. some places of the trail were muddy, but it was cool and a nice way to come down from the summit.

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bugs
muddy
7 days ago

We hiked this trail as an out and back, with an overnight stay at the Big Bald Shelter. The trail itself is in great shape, but muddy in quite a few places after a fair amount of rain. I'm in average shape, and this trail was a bit harder than I planned for with a steady incline for the first 6 miles or so. The shelter was a welcome relief after that! The shelter itself was a typical AT shelter, but the bugs were insane! Lots of wildlife on this trail, we even spotted a bob cat checking out our camp as we were breaking it down! The last 8 miles were fairly easy, and led to the Big Bald, which had amazing views! A quick heads up on the Big Bald, make sure the doggos stay leashed, as a group of ornithologists were doing a bird study, netting and banding birds, who were all super nice and thanked us for having ours leashed. All in all, 5 stars for this hike. I'll definitely have to do this one again for the amazing views at the end!

I loved this short and easy trail! It is beautiful, with tons of lichen, balsam, and neat rock outcroppings. The trail has a lot of character. Plus interpretive signs showcasing the flora and fauna to look for. It is popular, obviously, but most were social distancing and often wore masks.

It was fine - not so much a trail as a walking path to the summit. I happened to be there when it was foggy, but the views I did catch are absolutely breathtaking. I did take a short loop nearby and while it was easy (and short), I truly enjoyed it - Mount Mitchell is beautiful! As others have mentioned, it is paved and wide and there are benches. Amenities were closed. It was busy on a Tuesday early afternoon (of the week leading up to the 4th of July), but many people wore masks.

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rocky
9 days ago

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11 days ago

Super easy hike up a gravel road, not really much to the hike until the last few hundred yards. The falls when you reach them are magnificent. Bring a bathing suit and take a dip. Easily accessible and gorgeous falls. You might need some mosquito repellent for the journey.

Outstanding short & easy trail that takes you up to the highest peak East of the Mississippi. Well marked with nature displays along the way. Beautiful trees abound — it felt like Christmas along the trail. Be warned, it was 82 degrees in Asheville but it was a chilly 58 degrees on the trail in late June. Bring a jacket.

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11 days ago

Beautiful trail with a canopy of trees and plants. Be prepared for change of weather at any time! High gusty winds above 5000’ - cool rain as well, no views this time, but worth every step.

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rocky
11 days ago

Such a great trail! Just bummed the summit was super foggy/misty and the wind was kicking up there. All in all a great time and I’ll be back for a clear summit some day

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12 days ago

Started as nice day but then got cold, windy and rainy. Great trail, well maintained. I’d rate it as heavy traffic even in bad weather

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13 days ago

Steep as hell, challenging as hell, REWARDING as EVER!

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13 days ago

Only did about half this trail starting on the BRP. Ran out of time will come back. A nice higher elevation trail with that freshness and humidity you can taste.

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rocky
scramble
14 days ago

Gorgeous trail leading up to the summit of Mt. Mitchell which gives a breathtaking view of the surrounding area even when cloudy! Fairly steep parts to the trail with rocky scrambles and some slick areas from rain the previous day. I brought my large 7 month old pup and he had a blast. The trail is well marked, accessible parking, and normal bathrooms at the trailhead.

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