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Date Saturday  1/8/2022
End Date
Group Gore Range
Event Title Mitchell Creek Loop - Ski Trip
Start Time 9:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Dale Pfaff
Co-Leader George Christman
Member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Ski
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 7.5
Elevation Gain 800
Driving Distance 75 miles


Tennessee Pass trailhead across from Ski Cooper entrance.

For more info Contact

Please register with Leader: Dale Pfaff, (847) 504-6650,  Some ski experience required.  

George Christman will take over as Trip Leader as Dale Pfaff has been diagnosed with a positive Covid test.



Mitchell Creek Loop: 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.


X-country skis, telemark skis, AT skis and splitboards welcome.  Although there is some elevation gain/loss this is more of a tour than a backcountry ski event.  Please dress appropriately for weather - consider goggles, face mask/neck gaitor, hand and/or toe warmers, extra down jacket for lunch stop.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.


AFTER THE FACT WRAP UP:  Great trip and group.  No issues or problems.  Snow was wonderful.  Clockwise was recommended.  I have done this route both ways and actually like the counter clockwise direction best for a nice finish and views.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.