Ascent of Mitchells Mountain-North Slope on 2018-03-16

Climber: Coby King

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, March 16, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mitchells Mountain-North Slope
    Elevation:1080 ft / 329 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed Google Maps’ directions to the driveway that constitutes the trailhead. Parking was a little difficult but I parked immediately to the north of the gate. I first knocked on the door of the home immediately across Major Brown Drive, but even though there was a Ford Explorer in the driveway, no one was home. Back at the driveway, the gate was open, which troubled me, but I decided to hike it. After about a mile, there’s a little professional-looking sign that read “half way there.” I kept walking. I saw a dirt road leading steeply off to the left, but walked a little farther to reach the steps and trail sign mentioned in previous reports. I went up the stairs, found myself in reasonably open but steep woods, and soon found myself on a road/trail, which I presumed (correctly, as it turned out) was the road I had seen earlier. I followed this for a while, and could see down to the house at the end of the driveway. There was no car and no one seemed to be home. I continued up the road, and was soon out of sight of the house. I reached a sort of junction with another road to the left, but the peak was up and to the right, so I soon left the road and made my way across the head of a draw, avoiding brambles where I could. There was always a bit of a trail, fading in and out, and I used my phone GPS to keep me relatively on track.

Eventually I reached yet another road very close to what my GPS said was the highpoint on this liner. I wondered around for 5 or 10 minutes. Satisfied, I saw that there was an LOJ point (Peak 1250) very close by, and that the road I was on seemed to go in that direction. Sure enough, the road led right to the point. The road appeared to continue and I was intrigued by where it might go, and perhaps would get me down. Sure enough, this fine road switch-backed down the mountain. It did pass perilously close to another home at a junction, but I turned left and quickly passed out of sight. Soon enough, I reached the junction of the trail I took up the road I had earlier seen off to the left. I now started down back to the driveway. However, I peered down at the house and now there was a small car there. Worse, an unseen dog started barking. I hustled down the road to where it rejoined the driveway, and hiked out as quickly as I could without incident. I definitely recommend using my return route for anyone seeking this HP. See my track for more information. About 2.8 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Coby King
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