Length: 2.6 mi
Elevation Change: 1200'
Season: Almost Year Round
Difficulty: Challenging due to steepness
Permit: Pass Not Required
Here is one little gem of a hike right along the busy
interstate freeway. Just take exit 58 (eastbound only)
on I84 just few miles west of Hood River, Oregon.
This exit is for access to the Lausmann State Park.
There is a large parking area here, and you will see
a paved trail headed into the woods at the south end.
Follow this trail, which immediately turns into dirt
path which leads a steep climb to the summit of
The hike begins in a densely forested area. About a
third of a mile into the climb, you will notice a user
trail headed off to the left of a steep switchback. You
might want to take this short hike upon your descent from
Mitchell Point. The user trail leads you to the summit
of Mitchell Spur, another steep point with great vistas
of the Columbia River Gorge.
After passing this spur trail, the route up Mitchell Point
continues to climb very steeply. However, you will soon
break out into talus slopes which provide you will
outstanding views of the Columbia River and surrounding
About 3/4 mile into the climb, the trail breaks out
into a power line area which is somewhat cleared and
offers more view opportunities. The switchback under
the power line, leads you north onto the summit of
Use caution on this part of the hike, as the summit
has steep and dangerous cliffs on both sides of you.
This hike is not family or pet friendly. USE CAUTION.
Mitchell Point trail view