Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2018-06-02

Climber: Bob Bolton

Others in Party:Duane Gilliland
Ken Russell
Don Nelsen
Dave and MC Reinhardt
Date:Saturday, June 2, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Mitchell
    Elevation:3960 ft / 1207 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ken 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:!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

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob Bolton
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