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Hiking Trails & Information in Crested Butte, Colorado
Read about Crested Butte Hiking Trails and Information.

 
Hiking in Crested Butte, Colorado

Hiking Trail Information in Crested Butte, Colorado
Lush mountain foliage, vibrant wildflowers, babbling streams and outrageous scenery make Crested Butte and the nearby mountains a mecca for hiking. Whether your preference is for day trips, overnight backpacking, or multiple day traverses and loops in the West Elk mountain range, the Crested Butte area offers a hike for everyone.

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Crested Butte Hiking Trails

Beaver Ponds Trail
Difficulty: Easy
The Beaver Ponds Trail is a easy half of a mile in length and promised excellent fishing at the end! The trail begins off the Ohio Creek Road 22 miles north of hwy 135 and ends at a large beaver pond where a picnic ground is provided.

Peanut Lake/Lower Loop
Difficulty: Easy
This is a popular trail because of its quick access and length. From the corner of 1st and Elk go north on 1st. Turn left on Butte Avenue. Parking is on the side of the road. Walk to the Peanut Trail. The trail will turn into Lower Loop. 2 to 3 miles. Great beginner trail or when hiking with small children.

Splain's Gulch
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 4 miles round trip
This is a great short hike that starts off west of Kebler Pass (County Road 12). Drive 5 miles to Forest Road 885. Park and hike 4 miles through beautiful forest.

Strand Hill/Ferris Creek
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance: 6 miles round trip
Take highway 135 south for about 2 miles. Take a left at Brush Creek Road and follow that past Cold Springs Ranch which is on your left. Park .5 miles past the ranch at trailhead. Walk a short distance to Ferris Creek Road. Trail is steep in places for about one mile, then levels out. At fork on top of hill, follow dirt road to Ferris Creek and around Strand Hill. Alternatively, at the fork turn left and climb Strand Hill. After two miles of climbing, turn left on singletrack into a meadow and descend through aspen forest for several miles. At the bottom, follow the trail right, then left to Brush Creek Road. This hike is 5-6 miles long.

Curecanti Creek
Difficulty: Moderate
The Curecanti Creek Trail descends to the floor of the Black Canyon to Morrow Point Lake. Follow Curecanti Creek until it ends at the lake. You will see the Curecanti Needle. This is 4 miles roundtrip. The trailhead begins at Pioneer Point, off hwy 92, 5.7 miles west of it's junction with hwy 50.

Dyke Trail
Difficulty:
Moderate

Distance: 5-6 miles roundtrip
The Dyke Trail is best hiked with a shuttle from trail to trail. Leave one car at the Horse Ranch Park. This is the end of the hike. Take Kebler Pass Road west for 6 miles then turn right to Irwin Lake. Drive to the campground and park. Begin hiking up the road. Take the left fork. Continue on jeep road for .5 miles. Look for Dyke Trail sign on left hand side.

Lamphier Lake Trail
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip
The Lamphier Lake Trail is out of the Gold Creek Campground.
The trail follows the creek, winding its way through aspen and pine up to the remote lake. If you're lucky you will see a herd of white mountain goats! The trail head is on the top of Gunsight Pass, one more mile.

Mill Castle Trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 14.3 miles one way
The Mill Castle Trail begins on Mill Creek Road which is a two wheel drive road. The Mill Castle Trail goes over Storm Pass and gets very steep on both sides. This is one of the most scenic trails in the West Elk Wilderness however, it is advised to be a savvy hiker to venture to this trail. The first five miles are easy and then it gets more strenuous towards the pass.

Mysterious Lake
Difficulty:
Moderate
The Mysterious Lake Trail starts from Trail Creek Road which is 5 miles from Spring Creek Reservoir. There is great fishing at mysterious lake. The trail is 5 miles long. Some previous hiking experience is suggested.

Snodgrass Mountain
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 5 miles roundtrip
Take Gothic Road north past the stables. Park at Snodgrass trailhead on left. Cross over fence stile form. Please obey any seasonal closure signs on gate. You can reach the top of Snodgrass Mountain on the dirt road. Trail to left past second gate, ends in Washington Gulch. 5 miles to top and back.

Swampy Pass Trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 8 miles one way
The trail head is located off Ohio Creek Road (County Rd 730). The trail climbs gradually through aspen and pine overlooking the scenic Ohio Valley and the Castles. 8 miles to Swampy Pass.

Timberline Trail
Difficulty: Moderate
This trail starts just below Mirror Lake Campground and crosses the Cottonwood Pass Road 8.5 miles to the north. Both points are accessible by automobile. Timberline Trail offers superb views of Taylor Park.

Upper Loop
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip
This is a 6 mile hike. Hikers take opposite direction to bikers. From the new school, follow road past gravel mine on Town Ranch to Brush Creek Road. Turn left, then left again on Skyland Drive. Trail continues past gate at Grant Lake and ends on Hunter Hill Road in Mt. Crested Butte. Return down Gothic Road to Crested Butte. Great scenery of the Mountain and Town.

Elk Creek/Gunsight Pass
Distance: 4 miles one way
Take Kebler Pass Road west for 4.6 miles to a steep ravine on your right. Park here. Hike trail on right up left side of stream. At the Standard Mine, take right road uphill to the top of Gunsight Pass. Return down the same way you came. You can see many old mines on this hike; avoid shafts, dangerous openings and equipment. 4 - 5 miles.

Yule Pass
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 4 miles one way
Take Gothic Road north from Crested Butte, past the cemetery. Turn left on Slate River Road and continue for about 9.5 miles to Paradise Divide. Road is steep and narrow at the top. Park at Paradise Divide and hike on jeep road to Yule Pass. You can also hike off-trail to Treasury, Purple or Cinnamon Mountains from Yule Pass Trail. You'll see great views and many wildflowers. 4 miles.

Henry Lake
Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 14 miles roundtrip
The trail takes off at Lottis Creek Campground (in Taylor Canyon) and is 14 miles round trip. It is rough and steep. There is fishing at Henry Lake.

Summerville Trail
Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 11 miles one way
Summerville trail begins in Taylor River Canyon, approximately 1 mile below Lodgepole Campground, and goes through Crystal Creek Drainage to fossil Ridge. The trail is approximately 11 miles long. The area is remote and few people go into it. Steep with switchbacks.

Boulder Creek Trail
Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 8 miles one way
The trail head is out of Gold Creek Campground. The trail climbs steadily, with lots of switch backs, to Boulder Lake.

Conundrum Trail
Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 9 miles one way
The trail leaves one mile west from Gothic (trail 739), hike up to Judd Falls following the Copper Creek trail. Continue along until markers to Copper Pass/Triangle Pass (trail 1981) are seen. Follow the trail over Triangle Pass and down into the valley along Conundrum Creek, this leads to Conundrum Hot Springs. The trail winds through forests and eventually along steep, slide hill with much loose rock.

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