Blaze: Orange Triangles
This trail is one of hardest trails in the Eastern US due to its 3300ft altitude gain.
Starting from Mt. Mitchell (6684') the trail is well maintained and crosses several summits including, Mt. Craig, Big Tom (6526'), Balsam cone (6600'), Cattail Peak (6600') and Potato Hill (6440') then descends to Deep Gap (5760). Deep Gap is the first camping site allowed from Mt. Mitchell (Shelter no longer exists!!! It has been gone for at least 15 years now) and also intersects with the Colbert's Ridge Trail. From Deep gap the trail is not as well maintained due to fewer people traveling on this section and continues to Winter Star Mountain (6203') and Mount Gibbs (6220). From Mount Gibs the trail follows an old toll road to Bowlings Creek and follows the creek to the Bowlings Creek Road Trail head.
Trail length: 12 miles
Posted by JohnH on June 29, 2010
Trail System Pisgah National Forest: Burnsville
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Reviews of Black Mountain Crest #179
Reviewed by Banjopickin on July 6, 2011
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The Black Mountain Crest Trail(BMCT) is rugged and tough. I hiked this trail as an out and back from Bowlens Creek to Mt. Mitchell and back in a day (approx. 24 miles). Make sure your in good shape and are experienced hiking over rugged and varied terrain. The weather up on the trail can change in an instant from 80 degrees and sunshine to 50 degrees and rain. BE PREPARED. Water is plentiful from Bowlens Creek up to Celo Knob. The spring at Deep Gap is approx. 500 yds down the western side of the trail on an old road grade. Mt. Mitchell State Park, when open, has a concession stand, bathrooms, and water fountains at their picnic area. The trail only really gets tough from Deep Gap to Mt. Mitchell. Lots of up and down over rocks and cliffs. A good warm up would be the Profile Trail from NC hwy. 105 to the swinging bridge on Grandfather Mtn. It is very similar to the ruggedness of the Crest Trail. I dont think the BMCT is the hardest trail in the east but it is one of the most scenic.
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Response by rjc4 on July 13, 2011
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Banjo-- I am planning to do the same out/back in a few weeks. I read very mixed reviews online, esp about the trail between Bowlens and Deep Gap being overgrown or hard to follow (after Deep Gap the consensus seems to be that it's tough going, but very well maintained). Did you find that to be the case? Any issues with navigation in the first half? Any suggestions on which map(s) to use? And if you don't mind my asking, how long did the round trip take you? Thanks.
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