The Peak gives you 360 degree views from the top of Mt. Crested Butte before a fun and challenging high-alpine run down! 15-30 minute hike required.

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The Peak is a Crested Butte's must-do if you are up for it.

From the top of the High Lift there is a sign for the Peak on your right when it is open.

There is a quick 2-minute sidestep that puts you right across from the face of the Peak.

Follow the ski trail down the short, rocky pitch to where another side step begins.

Follow the rope up to the ridge where it will make sense to pop your skis off and put them on your shoulder or strapped to a back pack if you have one.

The bootpack up the ridge takes about 15-30 minutes depending on your physical shape and how acclimated you are.

The top rewards you with one of the best views in Crested Butte, surrounded by the tall mountain peaks of the Elk Mountains to the west and north, the West Elk Mountains to the south west, and even the San Juans way back to the south west.

You can catch some of the tops of the Collegiate peaks to the east as well.

The actual ski down isn't too complicated, but can be intimidating because of the steep drop-off from the ridge.

There are plenty of rocks on the trail on lower snow years so stay to the right until the trail funnels you back towards the midstation of the High Lift.

You can also ski to your left to get on Peel or the High Traverse.