After Craig we descended again and worked our way through the not so clear trail. A few of the steep downs were sketchy but in what felt like no time we reached Big Tom, our second peak of the day. We turned around at that point and started the walk back for Craig then Mitchell. On the backside of Mt. Craig we found a nice spot on top of Tug Rock for an afternoon lunch of Brown Pretzels, Strawberries, Almonds and a waffle. It was an interesting day on a familiar mountain that has had a big winter. Besides all of the ice problems Mitchell recorded over 60" of snow this winter season.
Check out this map with Big Tom to the right.
Now here it is in the real. Big Tom behind and to the right of Mt. Craig.
In the woods just off of Mitchell the trail looked like it had been bombed. Notice the deep snow under the broken spruce limbs.
Die Bluder Hund Rommel
Text book technique for descending snow covered trail in April.
Yes Bluder Hunden, we have to walk across that snow to get where we are going.
Bluder Hund Zoo acknowledges her love of snow eating.
We named this 'Tug' Rock and on the way back later in the afternoon stopped here for our picnic.
More snow on the trail.
Sitting on Big Tom Summit child and Bluder Hund hear something coming up the trail.
Out of the forest into a clearing.
On the way back in we stopped at Tug Rock for a lunch break and to water for die Bluders...
Way off in the distance you can see the parking lot of Mt. Mitchell State Park where we came from.
Then Ms. Arcen played with the camera while I packed up.
She does have an eye
for subject matter.
Rommel stood on my foot for a minute.
Clear trail and new stone stairs since I was there last.
Another snow crossing before we climbed up onto Mitchell again.
After our hike we walked up to the top of the Tower on Mitchell's summit. The view was fascinating from the highest point east of the Mississippi River. Ms. Arcen looked back towards Big Tom where we were not long ago and pointed to the thin line of trail over Craig. She immediately recognized the two perspectives.