Mount Mitchell Hike
12 miles, about 7 hours.
6 miles from Black Mountain Campground up to the summit of Mount Mitchell. Highest peak East of the Mississippi (6,684 feet). 3,700 feet elevation gain.
6 miles down back to camp.
Nice hike. Non-stop uphill for 6 miles. Mountain Laurel was in full bloom and was beautiful. Views at the observation platform at the top were great. We got a clear day, which only happens 2 of every 10 days. There's a parking lot near the summit, so the observation platform and area up top were fairly crowded. That took something away from it for me. When I'm out in the woods/mountains hiking, I don't really like being surrounded by a lot of people. Still very nice.
A stream runs along the border of Black Mountain Campground and after the hike, Sarah and I waded into the stream and soaked our feet. The water was FREEZING and numbed our feet. Felt absolutely wonderful after the hike.
Great day, with a great partner. Marrying this wonderful woman in 2 weeks.