Letter: Mitchell Creek Trail
Mitchell Creek Trail is listed on the White River National Forest map as trail #1845. It is a steep, 5-mile hiking trail from the bottom trailhead at the end of Mitchell Creek Road (CR 132) to the top trailhead on the Transfer Trail jeep road on the Flat Tops northwest of Glenwood Springs.
I’ve heard endless accounts about the overcrowding, and other problems, at a particular trail in the Glenwood Canyon. Think about hiking a different trail. The Mitchell Creek area has something you will not find in the I-70 corridor: peace and solitude. There are also beautiful views looking back down the canyon toward the Colorado River and beyond, and some impressive cliffs and rock formations about 1½ miles up the trail. The Coal Seam Fire burned through the bottom part of Mitchell Creek Canyon in 2002. This is a good area to see natural revegetation of the land after a major fire.
Right now the trail is walkable for the first couple of miles from the lower trailhead. After that, it does need work to restore it to being the “through” trail that is shown on the map. What is also desperately needed right now is recognition that Mitchell Creek Trail exists. Interested hikers, please spread the word, on-line and verbally.
There are actually a few specifically marked parking spaces at the West Glenwood Fish Hatchery for Mitchell Creek Trail hikers. And, you can bring your favorite hiking companion — dogs are OK on Mitchell Creek Trail. Enjoy it.
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