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
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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