Mount Mitchell, at 6,684 feet above sea level is the highest you can get east of the Black Hills. Of course, at this altitude (above 6,000 feet) the forest is dominated by the evergreen red spruce and Fraser firs. Look not far down the mountain, though, and you’ll see fire cherry, yellow birch, mountain ash and mountain maple lighting up the slopes. A summit of Mount Mitchell proper involves a hike of maybe 75 yards — all on pavement. Earn your color by heading north on the Black Mountain Crest Trail. It runs for 13 miles, but there’s plenty to see, including passage over five 6,000-foot peaks, in the first 4 miles.
With an insole, midsole and outsole that rival the quality of shoes twice the price, the popular Sawtooth is capable of tackling any trail and comfortable enough to wear to the office.
It’s great to find Gregory quality in an adjustable pack for young adults. With a 70L capacity it is good to go for an extended trip or for when you want to bring more comforts from home. The plush hip belt makes carrying everything so much more comfortable.
I bought this for my daughter to get into backpacking and it has been perfect. The fit is excellent and the build quality lets her carry her stuff in comfort. Several trips later she still loves to backpack and that is the best feature.