Black Balsam, Sam Knob, Shining Rock and Tennent Mtn

Great day for a hike over Black Balsam Ridge through Ivestor Gap to Shining Rock. Got to Shining Rock and sat down for lunch and it began to rain. Quite exciting climbing down a quartz rock that is covered in moss and is wet!

Mt. Mitchell, Potato Knob, Mt. Craig, and Mt. Gibbes

Hiked up to top of Mitchell several times this year using all three trails. Climbing Mitchell is like going to see an old friend as we climb it so often. After climbing Mitchell we often hike over to Craig for lunch. Craig offers excellent rocks to sit on and wonderful views.

~ Max Alexander