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. Notes on the hike:
Following  the Deep Gap Trail will take you to a continuous path of up and down trails.  This hike is strenuous due to the constant crossing of the different peaks that involve very steep ascents and descents. Carefully follow a blazed orange trail for the blazings can get sparse.  There are hike spots which are very steep, and can require a lot of arm and leg muscle use, especially with heavy bagpacks. (Comparable to Breakneck hike in New York).  On the way are spectacular and scenic views of cascading mountains.

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The end of the Colbert Ridge Trail and the beginning of the Deep Gap Trail. 
The end of the Colbert Ridge Trail and the beginning of the


Several camp sites are present.  Overnight hike allows you to  have a real rugged camping experience.

 

Cattail Peak
Cattail Peak

A mark on top of Big Tom
top of Big Tom

 

Another mark to see when you reach Mount Craig
A mark on Mount Craig peak

 

On top of Mount Mitchell
Mount Mitchell summit
"Named after Dr. Elija Mitchell.  It was in 1835 that he, at that time 42 years old and a professor of science at the University of North Carolina, journeyed to the western part of the state and climbed several of the peaks."

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Taking the Mount Mitchell Trail on the way down, follow a white-marked trail.
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Above is the mark that you have to spot carefully.  From this point, the trail goes down.  A long hike back, so allow yourself enough time before dark  (Bring a head flashlight in case).

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