Beginning Elevation: 10,436 feet
Elevation Gain: +796 feet
We should be getting some fresh snow up here this weekend so it should make for good conditions and maybe not hard packed.
The Mitchell Creek Loop follows the Tennessee Pass portion of the Colorado Trail, part of which is a former railroad bed. The loop offers great views of the Holy Cross Wilderness and Homestake Peak to the west. It is a good trail for beginners but interesting enough in location and terrain to be fun for snowshoers of all skill levels. Even though it is on Tennessee Pass, there is no avalanche terrain.
the Mitchell Creek Loop (7.38 miles): This trail follows the Old Railroad Run for 2.5 miles, then turns south and follows the Mitchell Creek drainage uphill through heavy timber and river brush. 1.5 miles beyond the drainage area is a public use tent which provides a nice place to stop for lunch and a rest. Just past the tent the trail follows the Wurts Ditch Road for .5 miles, then returns back into heavy forest of lodgepole pine and back to the original trailhead. This trail offers good views of Chicago Ridge and the Continental Divide, receives only moderate use, and is rated moderate.
It doesn't say anything about dog restrictions so I'm assuming dogs are ok.
Carpooling: for those who want to car pool we will meet up at wooly mammoth lot section DD and LEAVE at 7:30
Directions : take I 70 west to exit 195 toward Copper Mountain/Leadville. Stay on CO 91 thru Leadville till you come to US 24 W
Drive approximately 8 miles northwest of Leadville on Highway 24. You will see a large plowed parking lot on the left side of the highway. This is Crane Park Winter Trailhead, park here.
We will stop someplace in Leadville on the way back for lunch If anyone know of a good spot.