Ascent of Mitchell Peak on 2018-11-14

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mitchell Peak
    Elevation:7951 ft / 2423 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started at the H L Saddle picnic area, crossed Highway 191 east, and climbed a road east to the true saddle. From there I passed through a gate and descended a forest road east down H L Canyon, looking for a reported trail to my right. I could not find the trail at the expected location so I hiked up the NW ridge through mostly open forest and on intermittent game trails to gain the summit ridge west of the true summit. I hiked east along the ridgeline through brush, but eventually found a helpful trail that led to the summit.

On the descent I followed the trail most of the way down into H L Canyon, but eventually lost the trail at about 7300 feet where it was very faint. I found the trail and lost it once more near the forest road at the bottom of the canyon. My descent route was mostly on trail and I would recommend that route for a nearly brush-free climb of Mitchell Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1191 ft / 362 m
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:North Slopes
    Trailhead:H. L. Saddle  7360 ft / 2243 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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