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Snowshoe Mitchell Creek Loop

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I arrived about 5 minutes late due to a wrong turn. Only three cars there that had been there overnight. Waited about 45 minutes and set out on my own. Hiked out and back to TN pass since I didn't know the route and I was alone. Had a good time anyway. Any chance you were the ones I gave a ride?

    January 15, 2013

    • brent k.

      yep that was us...thanks again for the ride. saved us about 1.5 miles more and up hill too.

      January 16, 2013

  • Bill B.

    There is a lot of great snowshoeing to be done in this area. We had a fine day. It was cold but that made for a good display of halos and sundogs in the sky. Thanks for organizing and driving, Brent.

    January 15, 2013

  • Karen M.

    Great loop, good company, and very nice crisp weather hovering around zero.

    January 15, 2013

  • Julie

    Sorry! I was signed up for Monday and ended up rushing in to work and couldn't get cancelled!! I'm a schmuck... I hate when people are no show's and now I was "that" person : (

    January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Brent, if I sign up I need for you to know I've only snowshoed 3-4 times. I started on New Year's Eve!!! I love this area and as an organizer myself I have always wanted to hike this area but never thought of snowshoeing until this year, so I am a newbie. I do know of a great place to eat in Leadville called Quincy's. I was told it was a brothel in the 1800's but I have also been told it wasn't.

    January 9, 2013

    • brent k.

      you should be ok it not like we will be doing a race. I'm sure we will have people at different paces

      January 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Brent if you decide to go to Quincy's. There menu is very simple. I'll do my best to find out more info. I'm really lookin' forward to this. This area is my favorite part of Colorado...one of them anyway!!!

      January 9, 2013

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