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Mitchell Lake Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.0 (1)

A flat approach to Blue Lake, Mt. Toll, Mt. Audubon, and Paiute Peak.


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3.2

Miles

5.2

KM

Ascent

12,000' 3,658 m

High

10,499' 3,200 m

Low

1,519' 463 m

Up

18' 6 m

Down

9%

Avg Slope (5°)

35%

Max Slope (19°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Between 15 Nov - 30 Apr, winter closure of Brainard Lake adds about 3mi each way.

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Winter closure from 15 Nov to 30 Apr.

Description

Unfortunately this trail is flat both ways, skiing out without a transition is very unlikely. If you take this trail all the way up to Little Blue Lake, it is possible to ski back the Mitchell Lake at least. The views along the trail are incredible, and about half of the approach is sheltered by trees from the inevitable Front Range wind.

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Thomas Beatty

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  3.0 from 1 vote

#11

in Indian Peaks

#386

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#11

in Indian Peaks

#137

in Colorado

#386

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Alexis skinning up near treeline, with views (from L->R) of Mt. Toll, Paiute Peak, and Mt. Audubon.
Apr 5, 2021 near Nederland, CO
The line is in the center of the photo, right next to the rock rib. We had to cross rocks to get here, but I bet anyone with better routefinding skills could find their way entirely on snow.
Apr 5, 2021 near Nederland, CO
The line is in the center of the photo, next to the rock rib.
Apr 5, 2021 near Nederland, CO

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