Guidebook

Hike Through a Sea of Wildflowers in Idyllic Crested Butte

Crested Butte claims to be Colorado's Wildflower Capital... and after one trip here you'll see why!

Description

Crested Butte isn’t close to… well, really anything else. As you drive north from Gunnison, the paved highway winds up a beautiful valley, with the mountains getting progressively taller and more majestic along the way. And suddenly—you’re in the town of Crested Butte, surrounded by soaring mountain peaks on all sides! The paved road continues a little further up to the resort, but then the pavement simply ends. From here, you’ll only find dirt roads heading further up and into the mountains.

Dirt roads... and hundreds upon hundreds of miles of fantastic trails!

Thanks to the remoteness of this entire region, it’s easy to reach a middle-of-nowhere feeling within minutes of stepping on one of the hundreds of hiking trails. These trails provide access to stunning alpine peaks, deep aspen groves with golden leaves in the fall, tumbling waterfalls, and the wide-open meadows filled with wildflowers that Crested Butte is famous for.

Whatever type of hiking you enjoy, you’re guaranteed to find your next favorite hike here in Crested Butte!

West Maroon Trail: Aspen to Crested Butte
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West Maroon Trail: Aspen to Crested Butte

Aspen Summer
4 - 5 hrs
16.6 km
964 m
708 m
Walk between two of Colorado's favorite ski towns.
Moderate
Private
Snodgrass
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Snodgrass

Crested Butte
2 - 3 hrs
9.2 km
259 m
259 m
Hike through a stunning aspen grove and beautiful meadows.
Moderate
Private
Mount Crested Butte
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Mount Crested Butte

Crested Butte
0 - 1 hrs
2.4 km
247 m
249 m
A $20 chairlift ride and a quick 0.75-mile hike will get you to this epic mountain summit.
Severe
Private
Lower Loop
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Lower Loop

Crested Butte
2 - 3 hrs
12.2 km
200 m
200 m
A flat, easy, but incredibly scenic hike directly from downtown Crested Butte.
Easy
Private
Trail 403 Short Hike
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Trail 403 Short Hike

Crested Butte
1 - 2 hrs
5.1 km
178 m
178 m
One of the best bang-for-your-buck alpine hikes in Colorado.
Moderate
Private
Trail 403 from Schofield Pass
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Trail 403 from Schofield Pass

Aspen Summer
2 - 3 hrs
8.4 km
549 m
549 m
Climb to the Trail 403 overlook the hard way.
Difficult
Private
Baxter Gulch -> Green Lake Loop
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Baxter Gulch -> Green Lake Loop

Crested Butte
5 - 6 hrs
25.0 km
927 m
927 m
Crested Butte's newest trail is an instant classic!
Difficult
Private
Green Lake Out-and-Back
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Green Lake Out-and-Back

Crested Butte
3 - 4 hrs
15.1 km
584 m
583 m
A steep climb directly from downtown Crested Butte leads to a scenic alpine lake.
Difficult
Private
Rustler Gulch
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Rustler Gulch

Aspen Summer
3 - 4 hrs
15.0 km
578 m
578 m
One of the most spectacular wildflower hikes in Crested Butte!
Moderate
Private
Judd Falls
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Judd Falls

Crested Butte
0 - 1 hrs
3.2 km
130 m
130 m
One of the most popular, easy hikes in Crested Butte.
Moderate
Private
Teocalli Ridge Loop
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Teocalli Ridge Loop

Crested Butte
4 - 5 hrs
18.5 km
730 m
730 m
A scenic loop route on the Crested Butte classic Teocalli Ridge.
Difficult
Private
Gothic Mountain
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Gothic Mountain

Aspen Summer
4 - 5 hrs
11.4 km
1,036 m
1,036 m
Difficult hike to the summit of one of the most iconic mountains in the region.
Severe
Private
Scarp Ridge -> Mount Emmons
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Scarp Ridge -> Mount Emmons

Crested Butte
4 - 5 hrs
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
Mill Castle -> The Castles Overlook on Storm Pass
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Mill Castle -> The Castles Overlook on Storm Pass

Gunnison
6 - 7 hrs
26.2 km
1,327 m
1,327 m
Hike to an overlook of The Castles, one of the most beautiful rock formations in Colorado!
Difficult
Private
Horse Ranch Park

Horse Ranch Park

Crested Butte
2 - 3 hrs
8.8 km
468 m
468 m
One of the best fall color hikes in Crested Butte.
Moderate
Private