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Date Saturday  2/1/2020
End Date Saturday  2/1/2020
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title Mitchell Creek Loop Snowshoe (Tennessee Pass)
Start Time 6:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Glenn Barr
Member Price Free
Available Participants 5
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Casual
Classification Moderate A
Trail Mileage 7.38
Elevation Gain 736
Driving Distance 262


We will meet and start from the South End of the Tennessee Pass Trailhead (just north of Leadville) - Google Map and snowshoe the Mitchell Creek Loop Trail (7.38 miles) at a casual pace. See link to map and trail info below. 

For more info Contact

Trip Leader - Glenn Barr


Snowshoe Trip Classification -  Moderate: Up to 8 miles round trip and 1200 ft. elevation gain. This is a beginner to medium level snowshoe – rated “moderate” due to the 7.38 mile length and 796 foot elevation gain and loss at 10,436 feet. Be ready for the many Colorado winter conditions (sun, hot, cold, wind, snow).  We will travel as a group at a casual pace – sightseeing, picture taking, and snack eating are part of our trip.  Observing the Leave No Trace principles and enjoying the winter quiet will be a goal. We will also have an extended lunch break to enjoy the winter outdoors.

Meet up to carpool at 6:15 for a 6:30 departure to from the Colorado Springs Safeway, 3275 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Plan on a short break at a Johnson Village gas station.

Directions from Safeway to Trailhead via Google Maps

Not sure if this is the trip for you and have questions?  Email the trip leader.

*** No pets on this one ***

Mitchell Creek Loop (7.38 miles): This trail offers good views of Chicago Ridge and the Continental Divide, receives only moderate use, and is rated moderate. It can be traveled in both directions, but is more fun clockwise. Leave the parking lot from the south trailhead (the one closest to Hwy 24) accessed at the Forest Service sign. Travel 2.5 miles westerly to where it intersects Wurtz Ditch Road. Turn right, northerly, continuing on the road 1/2 mile to where it crosses Wurtz Ditch Bridge. Cross the bridge and go to the back side of a descent through heavy timber and willows for 2 miles. At the bottom you come out of the trees into a meadow where you turn right, easterly, and pick up the old narrow gauge railroad grade, which you follow 2.5 miles past the charcoal ovens and back to the parking lot.


Planning on a 9:30-9:45am departure from the trailhead

These trails are maintained and signed by the San Isabel National Forest with blue diamonds on trees marking the trails

Besides your snowshoes, warm boots, and trekking poles with snow baskets, bring your ten essentials, consider a thermos for a warm drink, a sitting pad, hand warmers, extra pair of hiking socks, and a snowshoe repair kit

Sunblock and UPF chapstick are a must!

Weather Forecast TN Pass

Snow Forecast (Ski Cooper)

Forest Service PDF Fact Sheet – trail details, map, and elevation profile

Forest Service Website Info

Snowshoe trips use the following classifications:
- Easy: Up to 5 miles round trip and 600 ft. elevation gain.
- Moderate: Up to 8 miles round trip and 1200 ft. elevation gain.
- Difficult: Over 8 miles round trip or 1200 ft. elevation gain. 


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.