montreat to mitchell 16 miles

I haven't done this route before, appears 16 miles with 4,000 ft gain. WE WILL KEEP A BRISK PACE!! It should be a great workout. pizza and beer afterwards???? this shuttle hike will include riding back to montreat in the back of my beat up work truck with my dog just like the redneck you've always aspired to be. I will ask for any donations for taking the truck to mitchell and leaving it so we can all fit in 1 vehicle for the "open air shuttle". also.... don't forget to tip your driver to montreat from earth fare. PLEASE BE SURE YOU CAN DO THIS HIKE AND KEEP PACE!! it is not an out and back where you can turn around.

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  • scot f.

    You got it Glnger. My noggin was still water logged.

    June 11, 2013

  • Allen

    Thanks Scott but my email message to you bounce back. Tried twice. Perhaps try to email me [masked]

    June 11, 2013

    • Ginger

      looks like scot has a typo in his email address and the second "i" should be an "l" like his last name. probably a trick so he can keep your pants legs!

      June 11, 2013

  • scot f.

    Great day with good people! Allen I've got you pant legs. Email me and I can let you know when I'm coming to town. [masked]

    June 10, 2013

  • Allen

    It was a great hike. Difficult in the very beginning and very end end, easy in the middle (most of the hike). Thanks for organizing Mike...good job!

    June 10, 2013

  • Sherrod B.

    Good, fast paced hike. Glad I kept going. It was an interesting and beautiful walk through the evergreen forrest at the end. Thanks, Mike for setting this up with the truck and so happy that I was just able to squeeze in the cab to avoid the hour long soaking on the way back!

    June 10, 2013

  • Forest D.

    Great hike today. I really enjoyed the enthusiasm of the group and looking back even the trip down the mountain in the rain in the back of the truck was not that bad (but never again). Thanks to Bandit for organizing the fine hike and to everyone who came out.

    1 · June 10, 2013

    • Bandit

      great job everyone!!! Thanks for coming out and for the great spirits despite the weather

      June 9, 2013

  • Ginger

    Now that I'm all warm and dry and clean and I've gotten all of the dog hair out of my eyes and mouth, it's hard to remember all of the snarky comments I'd planned to write about the invigorating ride in back of the hillbilly truck trying to take comfort in the fact that at least I wasn't Scot. Thanks Bandit for another memorable hiking experience!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Sherrod B.

    Elizabeth Fitzgerald may come with me. We thought we might follow you up there in my car and go with the group a third of the way and turn back together just in case we're unable to go the whole way. OK?

    June 8, 2013

  • Sim Wright J.

    Sorry I have to withdraw from the hike. I had forgotten that I had already committed to a to a hike with an informal group that I hike with.

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish to meet at the Montreat gate and do a shorter length.

    June 8, 2013

    • Bandit

      Phil, you will be on your own.

      June 8, 2013

  • Sherrod B.

    I've hiked with Bandit and Forest before but I've been in England the last seven months. I'm a little concerned that this hike may be too much for me. I fell a week ago while running on a trail and hurt my arm. It's not 100% back to normal yet. What do you guys think? Also, does anyone have an extra hiking stick I could use?

    June 7, 2013

    • Forest D.

      I will also bring an extra hiking stick (metal) if you need it.

      June 8, 2013

    • Bandit

      It's your call Sherrod. Just remember we have to keep up with Forest and Allen!! (And get to the truck before the rain)

      June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where are you starting in Montreat? Greybeard?

    June 7, 2013

  • Debra

    Two spaces left...I'm still debating.

    June 7, 2013

  • Ivan D.

    thanks for the info Bill.. MY imagination wants to do this but I -and my trail hogging Large Breed Dog- are only up to a 6 mile roundtrip if the temps don't get past lower 70's

    June 7, 2013

  • Bandit

    glad u can make it sim! Ginger, there should be plenty of water for the kids. there are only a couple of dry stretches on old toll.

    June 7, 2013

  • Ivan D.

    I really want to but I.m not confident about the 16 miles at this time. Do you have a trail map handy?

    June 5, 2013

    • Bill

      1 · June 6, 2013

    • Bill

      This map is for the Montreat portion. The only map that will give you the balance is the USGS quad sheet. Follow the Mitchell Toll Road to the BRP, then west to the Mitchell State Park road. Bear right onto the horse trail and then up the Commisary Ridge trail to the summit of Mitchell. I wouldn't advise this solo...go with someone that has done it before. There are some iffy turns.

      1 · June 6, 2013

  • Bill

    This is a great hike. You'll be walking through all the major floristic communities found here in the southern Appalachians. Be sure you have rain gear and good boots. Parts of the Mitchell Toll Road are like hiking on bowling balls, and rain is always a threat up there. If you can't make this hike but want to try this route with a group, the Montreat Wilderness Program will be doing this one as a key-swap hike on June 25.

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • Ginger

    Any idea how much water there is along the trail for Bandito and friends to drink from?

    June 6, 2013

    • Bill

      There is plenty of water available for your pooch. I hike this route regularly and Fred the Ranger dog never goes without regular water spots.

      June 6, 2013

  • Tina H.

    Sorry thought it was next week then I realized it was this week and I am working. : (

    June 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am really really really want go there so badly. But I have to work on Sunday all day. Can anyone can go to Montreat to Mitchell on Monday or Tuesday? Because it is my day off. I have no plan at all for Monday and Tuesday.

    June 5, 2013

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