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Length: 2.4 miles to Guaje Ridge
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Parking: Trailhead at the corner of 45th and Arizona
Used by: Hikers, joggers
Connecting Trails: Guaje Ridge and Perimeter trails
Narrative: The Mitchell Trail was constructed as an Eagle Scout project by David Mitchell in 1974. Post-Cerro Grande fire restoration of the trail has been accomplished by Eagle Scout candidates, YCC crews, and community volunteers. The trail has three distinct segments. The first mile of the trail is an easy walk as it follows the bottom of Rendija Canyon through recovering forest. Next, the trail makes a steep climb to the top of Guaje Ridge, gaining 1,400 feet in a little over a mile. The trail continues down the north side of Guaje Ridge to the tiny Guaje Reservoir, located about 4 miles from the trailhead.
The Mitchell Trail was unaffected by the Las Conchas fire. It is as steep and rocky as ever, and makes a great winter hike or snowshoe trip.