This is a rugged trail that climbs steeply yet briefly to fabulous views of the Columbia River Gorge.
A small parking lot with worthwhile informational signs of the area’s history is where you will begin. A short distance of pavement quickly gives way to a wide gravel path. Note the wide level path here which in in 1872 was part of a wagon trail. The rock cliffs which you will ascend extended out into the Columbia making a formidable barrier. This was removed in the '60s to make way for interstate 84.
The wagon trail went up and over the notch between the lower and higher peaks. Think of this if you take the side trail to the lower peak. There is faint evidence of this old road bed going through the pass.
The trail quickly begins to steepen and will mostly remain steep until the top. Switchbacks, loose uphill sections, talus fields to cross, and even a small grove of old growth Douglas Fir are in this short trail. For the most part the trail winds through trees and short rocky cliffs.
Near the top, the trail exits the forest and passes under some power lines. In the spring and summer there can be nice wildflowers here. The trail now bends back towards the river and steepens again as it climbs the spine of the point. It's a wee bit exposed here be sure to mind your footing and keep your pet close at hand. The views of the Gorge are fabulous.
If you care to visit the lower summit, look for a well worn side trail on your way down. It is at a left turning switchback and the grassy hillside of the point can be seen through the trees.
- 2.6 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 1,200 feet
- Highest Point
- 1,533 feet
Hiking Mitchell Point
Map & Directions
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