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Mt. Mitchell Trail #190

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 4.5 (12)

Ascend the tallest peak in The East from humble beginnings in Briar Bottom Group Campground.


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5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

Point to Point

6,635' 2,022 m

High

3,011' 918 m

Low

3,624' 1,105 m

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12%

Avg Grade (7°)

43%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Description

Leaving from Poplar, follow the trail as it makes a steady, switchbacking climb of over 3600 feet on a safe and well marked, albeit-technical, trail along multiple ridgelines to the summit. When on trail, be sure to follow blue trail blazes whatever you do. This should ensure you make it to the right place, but if in doubt, you can always use the Hiking Project mobile app to keep you on track.

If you're looking to do an overnight, keep your eyes peeled for dispersed campsites and accompanying fire rings. Some of the best spots are located near mile three at a field and stream near the trail, as well as around mile four near Commissary Ridge and an adjoining field.

Upon reaching the top of the trail, you can head left to climb the Mt. Mitchell Summit Trail and experience fantastic views, or continue straight to reach the bathrooms and a museum near the parking lot.

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Matthew Meek

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  4.5 from 12 votes

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Photos

View from the Mt. Mitchell summit.
Mar 10, 2016 near Burnsville, NC
View towards Maple Bald
Jul 26, 2018 near Burnsville, NC
Summit view
Aug 19, 2018 near Burnsville, NC
Mountain views abound on this portion of the MST.
May 14, 2017 near Black M…, NC
Mt. Mitchell summit. Photo by Jake Blood.
Mar 25, 2016 near Burnsville, NC
Backcountry Campsite Commissary Hill at intersection of Mt Mitchell Trail #190 and Horse trail
Jan 12, 2020 near Black M…, NC

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Feb 15, 2022
Private User
Apr 16, 2021
Matthew Wagner
Dec 31, 2020
Bill Lowry
Nov 9, 2020
Mark Payne
Nov 5, 2020
Zachary Bowen
5.7mi — 2h 45m
Jan 10, 2020
Joshua M
Overnighter backpacking trip reaching Mt. Mitchell Summit 1/11/20 5.7mi
Sep 1, 2019
Jeremy Feliciano
Not for beginners. Pet friendly, but not recommended. Campsites on the trail. 6mi — 7h 30m
Jul 15, 2019
Cherry ONeal
11.4mi — 7h 30m