Jul 10, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Mitchell Peak
- Region: South Cascades -- Lewis River Region
- Agency: Department of Natural Resources
- Be Aware Of
- Road to trailhead inaccessible
Nearly a year has passed since a gate went up blocking access to this popular trail. Although the trail is on DNR land, the road leading to the trailhead crosses private property and DNR does not have an easement for recreation access, although they do have an easement for access for timber management activities. This is the latest info I received from Assistant Region Manager, Mary McDonald:
"The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is working with private landowners to establish permanent public access to the Mount Mitchell Trail. These negotiations are very sensitive and it is not productive for individuals to contact local landowners. Please forward your letters and questions to Mary McDonald, Assistant Region Manager."
Her contact info is:
Assistant Region Manager -State Lands Asset Management
Pacific Cascade Region
At this time I don't have any further information about the likelihood that access will be restored.