Pitkin Cross Country Skiing

East of Gunnision near Ohio City, the Quartz Creek System consists of three cross country ski trails. The Pitkin Ski Trails (21.5 miles) are ungroomed trails and roads east of Pitkin. The trailhead is located 0.5 miles east of Pitkin at the NFS Pitkin Campground. There are loop routes through lodgepole pine forests in the glacial valleys of the Quartz Creek drainage. Avoid Alpine Tunnel Road due to high avalanche danger.

To reach Pitkin from Gunnison, head east on US50 to Parlin. Turn left heading north on CR76 through Ohio City and onto Pitkin.

Pitkin Cross Country Skiing Map



Local Contact(s):  Gunnison National Forest (970) 641-0471; Gunnison Visitors (800) 274-7580; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO.

Recommended Book:  "Winter Trails Colorado" from Andy Lightbody

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Hylander Inn (970) 641-0700

Luxury Loding:  Mary Lawrence Inn (970) 641-3343

Breakfast Restaurant:  Steaming Bean; W Cafe; Firebrand

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  7/25/2016

Pitkin Cross Country Skiing Map


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