Mitchell Peak day hike

10:26 p.m. on July 6, 2014 (EDT)
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I figured that since it is only three weeks from my long backpacking trip this summer, I'd better get some time it at elevation to get ready.  Friday I went with some friends to hike up Mitchell Peak in Jennie Lakes Wilderness, just outside Kings Canyon NP.  It was originally just me and a hiking friend with his family (wife and three kids), but ballooned into a bigger expedition.  Here is the crew at the trailhead


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The summit is only 10,365', which is technically not above treeline (but the rocks on top preclude any trees).  Most of the route is in typical Red Fir forest:


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I really like Mitchell Peak because it is set out away from the main ranges and has outstanding views in all directions.   As I look at all of the higher country on three sides, I can trace canyons, passes, and ridges that I have been on over the years.  Here is a sampling of the views, starting with a shot looking down to the hazy valley where I live, 10,000' lower than the summit:


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10:29 p.m. on July 6, 2014 (EDT)
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More views from the summit


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And the last shot, looking back up as others in the group were still descending from the top


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It was a great day to be out, and another bonus was how pleasant it was.  At home in the valley it was around 104, but on top it was so nice and cool with a fresh breeze.  Everyone did well and had a great time.

11:57 p.m. on July 6, 2014 (EDT)
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Great photos!  I gotta do Mitchell Peak next time I'm at Jennie Lakes.  

8:12 a.m. on July 7, 2014 (EDT)
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Whew that is a big crew to take! Awesome photos....

11:45 a.m. on July 7, 2014 (EDT)
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Beautiful views and nice weather too; that must have been a great time!

6:39 p.m. on July 7, 2014 (EDT)
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One of our favorite dayhikes of all time!  Nice photos....

11:01 p.m. on July 8, 2014 (EDT)
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Outstanding!

11:52 p.m. on July 8, 2014 (EDT)
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Nice!

3:17 a.m. on July 9, 2014 (EDT)
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great pics! looks like a lovely place to take the family!

10:22 a.m. on July 9, 2014 (EDT)
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That's awesome that you could share the trail with so many friends and still have a great trip. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing. 

7:52 p.m. on July 9, 2014 (EDT)
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Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures! I always love to see your trip reports!

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