It is the highest of three sharp fangs of rock approximately nine miles south of Mt. St. Helens. At one time there was a fire lookout on Mt. Mitchell, but it was destroyed many years ago. However, it’s easy to see why the fire lookout was built here. The views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and the surrounding area are spectacular.
The Trail switchbacks up the timbered north side of the mountain before winding around to the south side for the final ascent to the top. Once it reaches the south side, the Trail passes through large beargrass meadows. I’ve seen elk in the meadows in past years and fresh bear sign, but not this year. The only wildflowers remaining in bloom were gentians and a small daisy. But, the shorter days and colder nights had begun the process of turning the vine maple leaves their bright autumn colors.
What a great way to spend a day!
Gentian (one of the few truly blue flowers in the world) and a daisy
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