Washington Gulch Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crested Butte, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a high elevation trail with instant views of the peaks of the Ragged Wilderness. The trail ascends easily, passing by two marvelous viewpoints before arriving at the overlook vista of the Gothic Valley and the peaks that frame it. This is the most scenic part of the hike. Wildflowers are also abundant here. After this overlook at mile 1.33, the trail descends very steeply. It is a popular mountain bike trail so there can be ruts and the trail can be very slippery. This is what turns the trail from moderate to difficult. There are wonderful views of Gothic Mountain. By mile 1.6, the trail enters spruce forest with limited views until mile 2.63. Then the trail opens up again as it descends steeply through the wildflower smothered hillsides of the Gothic Valley. We always recommend hiking this trail from Washington Gulch to Gothic Valley, not the other way around. It is also a very good hike out and back just to the overlook. Then, you don't need to shuttle.
About half way through this hike, I was thinking about writing a mediocre review. We pressed on and are oh so glad we did. The views at the top are stunning. Would be fabulous in the summer with the wild flowers in bloom. However, the fall colors, brisk air and no traffic on the trail made this hike fantastic.
An amazing hike with the most beautiful wild flowers. The view at the top is worth the hike.
Nice hike with some stunning views. The drive out to the head trail alone is worth doing!!
Also came across a deer and a few marmots which kept it interesting.
Epic views with some cool hiking along this trail for an Easter Day picnic. I highly recommend this winter hike.
The beginning of this trail to the overlook which is 1.33 miles is absolutely stunning. There are wonderful vistas of Washington Gulch valley, Baldy Peak, Gothic Mountain, and the Gothic Valley. Wildflowers are beautiful in late July. It is really an easy ascent to the viewpoint but the high elevation makes the hike moderate. If you hike all the way through, you will be hiking through some spruce forest with limited views. The last mile of the trail is very steep downhill but has spectacular views of the gothic valley. This part of the trail passes through 4 foot tall wildflowers. Wonderful!