Mount Mitchell July 2018

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Mount Mitchell July 2018

Post by dfs1109 » July 25th, 2018, 9:13 pm

<t>Mount Mitchell with the Mazamas today. The hike itself isn't much to talk about but the forest is quite nice on the way up. The view from the top is amazing and worth the drive and slug up the mountain.</t>

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Re: Mount Mitchell July 2018

Post by romann » July 25th, 2018, 11:37 pm

Cool - I wondered about this new approach. How was the drive to trailhead?

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Re: Mount Mitchell July 2018

Post by dfs1109 » July 26th, 2018, 10:20 am

The drive wasn't too bad. Gravel road for several miles but not too many potholes. I would recommend being sure which on the directions to the trailhead before setting out, lots of other gravel roads and intersections along the way.

I havent posted in a while here but if I figure out how to post photos again I will.

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Re: Mount Mitchell July 2018

Post by pablo » July 26th, 2018, 5:29 pm

Neat report on a great destination and I like the approach - thx for the GPS track.

This was offtrail travel for most of the trip, right?

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Re: Mount Mitchell July 2018

Post by Don Nelsen » July 26th, 2018, 5:38 pm

Kelly Wagner first sussed out this route about 4 years ago and I went up there and cleaned it up and hauled out a couple of trash bags of stuff left by bear grass poachers in '15 and '16. The trail is good for the entire way but one must pay attention in a few spots to keep on track.

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Re: Mount Mitchell July 2018

Post by dfs1109 » July 26th, 2018, 11:03 pm

Don Nelsen wrote:
July 26th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Kelly Wagner first sussed out this route about 4 years ago and I went up there and cleaned it up and hauled out a couple of trash bags of stuff left by bear grass poachers in '15 and '16. The trail is good for the entire way but one must pay attention in a few spots to keep on track.

Yes Don, your name actually came up in regards to your trail blazing of this route. Thanks for doing that Don!

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Re: Mount Mitchell July 2018

Post by K.Wagner » July 28th, 2018, 5:10 pm

Don,
Thanks for the mention :)

I suspect that this route got onto the Mazama radar, via a Mazama trip that Kelly Marlin led, shortly after the 2 of you put in the sweat to do the clean up.

For anyone interested, here are the driving directions, excerpted from my "To be released sometime..." Skamania 231 guide to the 231 ranked summits in Skamania County.
Drive Hwy 503 to Chelatchie Prairie, turning east at the store on Healy Rd, which turns into GPNF 54. At 6 1/2 miles pause a moment and look up to your left, and notice the layers of “mud” in the road cut. These are ponded out-wash deposits, the result of the ice flows that came down the Lewis River. It is thought that the ice was 850 deep and blocked Canyon Creek. Learn more about the Lewis River Glaciation. At 6 3/4 miles find the unmarked (but with big yellow gate) road (actually, this is the second left fork possible after crossing the bridge), which climbs steeply, but is good (although coarse) gravel. At 3/4 mile, stay left. At 1 1/4 miles, stay left. At 1 3/8 miles, pass through a gate with signs that say “Discover Pass Required”. At 1 3/4 miles, stay right on what is now the S1000 road. At all intersections, stay straight ahead on the major road. At about 4 miles cross the bridge over wild Siouxon Creek. Continue straight ahead, climbing and then dropping to the bridge over the North Fork Siouxon Creek. About 7/8 mile past this bridge, look for the North Fork Siouxon Trail head on the right, on a sharp left turn. At 3 1/4 miles from the bridge, turn right & down on S3000 (unmarked). Look at a satellite view to see this newer road connecting to the S1000--S6000 Rd (S6000 is the connection with the 10 Road on the north side of the ridge). If driving from the north, drive 1 mile past the crest of the ridge, then make as sharp left turn (which is not particularly obvious coming from that direction). Then drive 1 3/4 miles to the end of the road & park, staying on the major road at all intersections.
The route climbs very steeply from the road, then is gentle for most of the rest of distance. It does get a little vague in spots as it traverses around the west flank of Sugarloaf (Peak 3726), then climbs up to the cliffs under Sugarloaf, seen in this picture from Mt Mitchell.
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