Start 300 feet left of a low, arching roof system (left of North Face Center), at an ugly, broken, right angling crack system. Climb the crack system to a large ledge, then angle left under a large roof to another large ledge, and cleaner rock. Climb up flakes and ledges to a pretty, but regrettably short right-facing corner, with a tips to fingers crack. Above the corner, trend left to reach a large grassy ledge. From the right end of the ledge, climb up to another large ramp. Follow the r...[more]Browse More Classics in WY
This peak was named for Finis Mitchell (1901-1995), an avid explorer of the Wind River Range. He wrote a hiking guide to the area in 1976 which was recently reprinted. He probably spent more time in the range than anyone else, and populated many of the lakes with trout. Over the course of his life, Mitchell climbed 280 of the 300 peaks in the Wind Rivers.
Mitchell is the high point of a long ridge that forms the backdrop to Big Sandy on the hike up. A 4th class scramble up Mitchell from Jackass Pass and a ridge run to hit the other four summits makes for a fun, if non-technical day.
George is correct - there is a very easy class 2 route up from Jackass Pass. If you go straight up instead of winding around I'd say it's more like class 3+. I'd call it class 4 down from the summit of Mitchell if you try to stay right on the ridgeline, and then class 2 for the rest of the day.
On 8/7/12 was climbing this peak near the top and took a pretty nasty leader fall and was injured (luckily not too seriously). Had to leave gear in order to get off the mountain quickly and to the hospital and learned the next day when we ran into the party that was climbing behind us they had picked it up. The party didn't have the gear with them when we ran into them but said they'd send it back to us and I gave one of them my address. Still haven't seen the gear in the mail which really surprises me as the group was really good guys. They were from the east coast. I believe in the New England area if I remember correctly. Maybe my address got lost somehow? Would love to have the gear back. PM me if you see this and have the gear or info on who the guys were and have a way to contact one of them. Thanks a lot!!