North Siouxon Creek Trail (Mitchell Peak Trail) is a 8.7 mile out and back trail located near Ariel, WA that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
Great full day trek! Not for the faint of heart.
Here's what you can expect: The drive up is rough; if your car has a ground clearance of less than 5", plan for at least an extra 30-45 minutes of driving because you'll be crawling up. It's graveled, but with massive rocks that will tear up the bottom of your car. Even then, still worth it. The first 1.5 miles in aren't well maintained anymore, so there are some sticklers hanging out into the narrow path. They're super easy to get over and around, though. Almost 2 miles in you'll pass your first of many creek crossings. They're all pretty easy to cross, but if you aren't steady of foot it's wise to bring some poles with you. At this point the trail opens up and becomes better maintained, and a bit more even. Almost 3 miles in you'll come upon some sweeping views, then back into the lush forest. The ground is carpeted with thick moss the rest of the way in, giving your joints a nice break. You'll cross a few bridges, then at just past 5 miles in you'll come upon Black Hole Falls, feeding into the creek. It's quite majestic. Then, back to the parking lot. The whole hike goes by really quickly and is actually pretty easy considering the length. Since it's a variable up/down, you get a great workout without being too beat down at any given point. And since it's not a very popular spot, you're unlikely to pass many, if any, other hikers. Nice and quiet. I wouldn't rate this hike as difficult, not even cautiously. It's beautiful, you get a variety of views, and there are nice little critters (like salamanders) running around. I can't recommend it enough!
Good hike. Very good workout with a beautifully waterfall.
Easy gradient and great scenery
Nice little hike after tired of the Gorge and still waiting for the snow to melt in the mountains. The trail was in great shape, and there was a splattering of wild flowers. The rocks in the ford at 3.7 miles were quite slippery, but doable. I'm a hiker, but this looks like a fun place for mountain bikers.
This is a good hike. Can be a little challenging with pets. Had to help our dog over some slippery spots & tree trunks. Lots of great scenery. Peaceful & beautiful. Totally worth it. Will be back.
This is a very scenic hike that has a couple of options to extend to a longer hike if you wanted. Also I found many spots that you could ( and people did) camp along the trail and is something I'm going to do in the future. I found these directions on another website and it made it pretty easy to find:
Drive either north or south along Hwy 503 to the small town of Chelatchie, and turn East onto NE Healy road. Follow this route for 9.2 miles, and turn left on Rd. 57 After another mile or so, turn left again onto Rd. 5701, still following only the paved road to the trailhead in a little more than 4 miles. (Lat:45.94618 Lon:-122.17826)