Vancouver, WA: Mount Mitchell

Test your legs and lungs on this 5.4-mile out-and-back through alpine meadows to a 5,000-foot peak with glorious views in Gifford National Forest.
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Test your legs and lungs on this 5.4-mile out-and-back through alpine meadows to a 5,000-foot peak with glorious views in Gifford National Forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.4

Waypoints

MIT001

Location: 46.0476493835449, -122.19709777832

Hike .2 mi. SE to trailhead

MIT002

Location: 46.0452346801758, -122.194702148438

R @ T marked by discreet hand-carved sign, then immediate L @ Y. Climb briefly through clear-cut area

MIT003

Location: 46.0437812805176, -122.197532653809

Shady old-growth pines and Douglas fir reach skyward, fighting for precious sunshine

MIT004

Location: 46.039966583252, -122.195518493652

Hike through a mossy meadow with ferns

MIT005

Location: 46.037899017334, -122.191963195801

First vista: Look into green folded valleys below and unnamed peak

MIT006

Location: 46.0356178283691, -122.187866210938

Reach meadow of bear grass and wildflowers that wave like the sea on breezy days; possible campsite

MIT007

Location: 46.0337333679199, -122.186698913574

R @ Y; follow broad, wooded bench into black bear country

MIT008

Location: 46.0300483703613, -122.188369750977

Panoramas slowly build to a wide vista of the craggy Cascade Range

MIT009

Location: 46.0306015014648, -122.194183349609

Campsites near Mt. Mitchell (5,023 ft.). Sweet spot to watch burnt-red sunsets paint the dimpled summit of St. Helens; return to trailhead parking the same way you came