Mitchell Lick Trail

At A Glance


1.5 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 1.5
Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Blaze Color: None
Trail Number: 154


The Mitchell Lick Trail connects the King Meadows Trail and Big Snowbird Trail at the upper/northwestern end of the Snowbird Backcountry Area. Headed westerly, the trail leaves south of the McGuire area and heads downhill for approximately 0.25 miles to cross a small stream, then climbs over a small ridge before descending to cross and then follow another small stream near the half-way point. After approximately 0.25 miles following the second stream, the trail then ascends through a small gap to join the Big Snowbird Trail.

The Mitchell Lick Trail is an interior trail and has no vehicular trailhead. It must be accessed via one of the connecting trails.

Intersecting Trails

  • Big Snowbird
  • Hooper Bald
  • King Meadows
  • Snowbird Mountain
  • This trail is located in the Snowbird Backcountry Area area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Snowbird Backcountry Area trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Mitchell Lick - Hooper Bald to King Meadows

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.58 mi

    Mitchell Lick - King Meadows to Big Snowbird Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.79 mi

    Mitchell Lick - Big Snowbird Tr. to Snowbird Mountain Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.63 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 3 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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    J. Cosgrove said: Question: Is the north end of Snowbird Mountain Trail (#415) open from Mitchell Lick Trail junction (#154) back north past Laurel Top to Big Junction parking area on Hwy 143? Some hiking blogs say that section of trail no longer exists. Wanted to make a loop hike starting at Hooper Bald parking area, following Mitchell Lick trail to Snowbird Mtn Trail, then head northwest/north on Snowbird Mtn. trail to Big Junction area on Cherohala (Hwy 143).

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 3:58pm
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