Summary: A hike along the base of Mitten Ridge
Challenge Level: Moderate (and be sure you have hiking boots with good traction)
Hiking Distance: About 2 miles each way, 4 miles round trip
Trailhead Directions: From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179) go south on SR 179 about 0,3 mile to Schnebly Hill Road. Turn left on Schnebly Hill and proceed 3.7 miles. The trailhead parking is on your right. Use the far entrance to the parking area as the near entrance is very steep and you have a good chance of hitting the bottom of your vehicle. Schnebly Hill is paved for the first mile and the last 2.7 miles can be a very rough unpaved road. The trail begins across the road.
Description: You'll be hiking the Cow Pies Trail for the first 0.3 miles. Instead of turning left to go to Cow Pies, continue straight to the base of Mitten Ridge. The trail is partially marked by foot traffic but you'll have to keep your eyes open to follow the trail in some parts. Also, the trail is very narrow and steep in places with steep drop offs. When you arrive at the saddle, you'll have a nice view of Midgley Bridge and Wilson Mountain in the distance.
Here are photos taken by Lou Camp on our March 2011 hike
Here's a photo taken by Lou camp showing Wilson Mountain from Mitten Ridge
For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.
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