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Mountain Biking: Colorado > White River National Forest > Holy Cross Ranger District

Quick Facts

Mitchell Creek Cross-country Ski Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy to More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 200 Feet (62.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters)
High Point: 10,600 Feet (3304.2 Meters) at the Continental Divide
Length: 7.3 Miles (12.17 Kilometers) Mitchell Creek Loop
Length: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers) Powderhorn Loop
Length: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers) Old Railroad run
Ti Topo Maps: #109 Breckenridge, Tennessee Pass; #126 Holy Cross, Reudi Reservoir
USGS Maps: Pando; Leadville North




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General Description

This trail follows an old railroad grade for its entire length. This trail offers good views of Chicago Ridge and the Continental Divide, receives moderate use and is rated more difficult. Areas of interest are the old brick kilns, where charcoal was made from local timber and used for fuel.

1 1/2 miles from Mitchell Creek, there is a public use tent which provides a nice place to stop for lunch or rest. Just past the tent, the trail follows the Wurtz Ditch Road for half mile. Consequently, the trail returns back into heavy forests and returns back to the original trailhead.

There are several tours available from the south side of Tennessee Pass. Also, the trails are the first ones to get snow due to their elevation. The trails are maintained and signed by the Pike/San Isabel National Forest. The Blue diamonds in the trees mark the trails.


TRAIL TIPS

Obtain current avalanche information at 970-827-5687.

BACKCOUNTRY RESPONSIBILITY

It is your responsibility to be aware of the potential risks and to take safety precautions at all times when you visit the National Forest. Changing terrain and weather conditions present a wide variety of hazards. Hazards include, but are not limited to: severe weather; snow and avalanches; obstacles of all kinds such as rocks, trees and stumps; over exertions, hypothermia, and becoming lost; remnants of mining and other activities involving excavations and debris; and exposure to unreasonable acts of other people.

Directions from Vail: Follow I-70 west to the Minturn exit (#171). Follow Highway 24 south, through the town of Minturn, and continue a total distance of 23 miles from the highway until you reach the summit of Tennessee Pass. Look for the first major turnoff on the right (west) side onto a highway, adjacent to Ski Cooper entrance. This is the trailhead... park here.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Follow I-70 east to the Minturn exit (#171). Follow Highway 24 south, through the town of Minturn, and continue a total distance of 23 miles from the highway until you reach the summit of Tennessee Pass. Look for the first major turnoff on the right (west) side onto a highway, adjacent to Ski Cooper entrance. This is the trailhead... park here.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: November through May (NOTE: Seasons vary depending on weather and snow depth) .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing
Yes



Related Activities
Upper Eagle River General Forest Area - The Upper Eagle River General Forest Area includes most of the area from Minturn, south to Tennessee Pass.



More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
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Visitor Information:

Holy Cross Ranger District, 24747 US HWY 24, P.O. Box 190 , Minturn, CO, 81645, Phone: 970-827-5715, Fax: 970-827-9343

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