Mesa Cortina Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Summit County, Colorado. It is within Eagles Nest Wilderness Area and White River National Forest. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 9,217 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,179 feet.
Mesa Cortina Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Snowshoers especially will enjoy this peaceful trail through the woods beneath Buffalo Mountain. The Mesa Cortina Trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area and leads into the South Willow Creek Trail. This route, very popular with the locals, meanders through quiet woods with several rises and dips, and not without a few steep parts. A little narrow, it is ideal for snowshoeing, but makes for a pleasant ski tour as well. There are nice views down to Silverthorne from the early part of the trail, and Buffalo Mountain can be seen to the southwest in the final stages of the tour."
--Dave Muller, The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"The Mesa Cortina Trail is an excellent choice for beginners because the route follows terrain that climbs gently. Overall elevation change from the trailhead to the turnaround point is less than 360 vertical feet over 3.5 miles. What can make this route tricky is that it’s not well marked, and after a fresh snowfall, when you have to break the trail, it can be difficult to follow. Carrying a good set of topographic maps, a compass, or a GPS into the area should be considered a must. The open meadows, sloping away to the Blue River Valley, and the trek through parts of the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area make this a unique outdoor experience. Views of Silverthorne and Ptarmigan Mountains add to the splendor."
--Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon, Winter Trails: Colorado-The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails (Falcon Guides).
"The Mesa Cortina Trail traverses the eastern flanks of the Gore Range from a residential area to South Willow Creek, where it meets the Gore Range Trail. This demanding trail is not used by snowmobilers. It descends and rises several times before reaching a turnaround point at an open meadow below Buffalo Mountain, within the Eagles Nest Wilderness."
--Dave Muller, Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
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