Guidebook

Run the Elks: Crested Butte’s Best Trail Running Routes

Crested Butte boasts hundreds of miles of superb alpine singletrack that's perfect for trail running.

Description

"The trails that have made Crested Butte world-renowned for mountain bikers are also a haven for trail runners," writes CBMountainRunners.org. "From mid-May when the snows are receding through the summer when the wildflowers are breathtaking to the fall as the aspen leaves turn golden, the trails in the area always astound with their beauty."

The web of singletrack trails surrounding Crested Butte is simply massive. Trails run from the valley floor up high into the mountains in every single direction, forming an intricate network that allows runners to either travel a couple of miles, or potentially a hundred! The only limits to the epic routes you can create near Crested Butte are your fitness and your imagination.

The routes chosen for this guidebook provide an excellent sample of the best runs, ranging from super easy (like Lower Loop) to long and arduous (like the Grand Traverse Mountain Run). And if you fall somewhere in between the two, you have no end of options to choose from!

Grand Traverse Mountain Run
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Grand Traverse Mountain Run

Crested Butte
65.2 km
2,265 m
2,548 m
Famous point-to-point race route from Crested Butte to Aspen.
Difficult
Private
Teocalli Ridge Loop
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Teocalli Ridge Loop

Crested Butte
18.5 km
730 m
730 m
A scenic loop route on the Crested Butte classic Teocalli Ridge.
Difficult
Private
Baxter Gulch -> Green Lake
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Baxter Gulch -> Green Lake

Crested Butte
25.0 km
927 m
927 m
Crested Butte's newest trail is an instant classic!
Difficult
Private
Trail 403 from Schofield Pass
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Trail 403 from Schofield Pass

Crested Butte
8.4 km
549 m
549 m
Climb to the Trail 403 overlook the hard way.
Difficult
Private
Snodgrass
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Snodgrass

Crested Butte
9.2 km
259 m
259 m
Run through a stunning aspen grove and beautiful meadows.
Easy
Private
Green Lake Out-and-Back
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Green Lake Out-and-Back

Crested Butte
15.1 km
584 m
583 m
A steep climb directly from downtown Crested Butte leads to a scenic alpine lake.
Moderate
Private
Scarp Ridge -> Mount Emmons
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Scarp Ridge -> Mount Emmons

Crested Butte
17.0 km
1,022 m
1,018 m
Traverse a stunning alpine ridge to reach the summit of 12,401-foot Mount Emmons, the Red Lady.
Difficult
Private
West Maroon Trail: Aspen to Crested Butte
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West Maroon Trail: Aspen to Crested Butte

Aspen Summer
16.6 km
964 m
708 m
Beautiful backcountry run between two of Colorado's most famous mountain towns.
Difficult
Private
Lower Loop
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Lower Loop

Crested Butte
12.2 km
200 m
200 m
A flat, easy, but incredibly scenic trail run directly from downtown Crested Butte.
Easy
Private
Lupine Loop
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Lupine Loop

Crested Butte
19.6 km
485 m
484 m
A rewarding loop from downtown Crested Butte with flowy singletrack and beautiful views.
Easy
Private