Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2018-06-02
|Others in Party:||Duane Gilliland|
Dave and MC Reinhardt
|Date:||Saturday, June 2, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3960 ft / 1207 m|
Ascent Trip ReportKen Russell was in SW Washington on Friday and, on his way to Vancouver, called ahead to see if we could round up a group to meet for dinner. Don Nelsen, Dave and MC Reinhardt, Duane and Pattie Gilliland, and I turned up at the restaurant, and during our conversation we cooked up a hike for Saturday. The original idea was to hike the Grassy Knoll trail to the summit of Big Huckleberry Mtn, but I expressed concern for my injured ankle so we decided on a shorter hike. Ken and Duane had never been to Mt. Mitchell, and the standard route had been closed by a new property owner who doesn't allow folks to drive through his property to get to public land, so most folks assume the mountain is a two-day backpack trip nowadays. But Don had a little secret to share and it sounded terrific. Around 2-3 years ago he had discovered an old abandoned trail on the west side of Mitchell (as opposed to the old north side trail), and he had taken a chain saw to the trail to clear it out as a new short-distance approach to this popular summit. We decided this was the best idea, so we all met Saturday morning and drove to the "new" trailhead. The trail was sometimes a bit obscure, but we were able to stay on it and everyone summited. The spur road to the TH does not appear on the topo maps, so the hiking track I uploaded doesn't suggest how to get there. I had tracked the drive to the TH, and I have uploaded that track so you can download it -- here's the link: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AsnE4Jyf0OkDzE8NPkNaoKckkQ8U
Don Nelsen on the subsummit pinnacle with Mt. Adams beyond.
The iconic view of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Swift Reservoir from the summit of Mt. Mitchell.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1535 ft / 467 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||7.7 mi / 12.4 km|
| Trailhead:||N46.02269 W122.24175 2425 ft / 739 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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