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The trail itself was unremarkable, and there are better views of the canyon (Painted Wall, etc.) back towards the visitors center along the main road. BCOTGNP is definitely a views-based park, not a hiking one, but this didn’t feel worth it.

Great hike! The map will get you to the trail head, but there is no parking there. Start the hike at the Nordic center, you can park there. Lots of forest cover so it is a cooler hike.

hiking
7 days ago

This is a constant climb to the lake. Beautiful views of Lake City, aspen groves, and the Mountain View’s are beautiful. But the climb is up 99% of the time...so beware!!! If you’re not in the mood for a 4 mile ascent, this is probably not the trail for you.

Great views, easy hike, short and quick.

mountain biking
14 days ago

This is a great way to dip your toe in the water in the crested Butte area. The trail is short, not very technical, the down hills are quick but not blisteringly quick. The scenery is pretty. The climbs are long but not impossible. The problem is they show the distance on this trail being one thing but the reality of it is to get back to your car it’s about a 14 mile ride.

Great views! Sadly, weather stopped us about 300 feet from the summit.

mountain biking
21 days ago

the trail up Kebler pass is much shorter, about 4-5 miles but greater inclination. awesome for mtb with a great up hill and an even better down. highly recommend .definitely on the harder side so I wouldn't reccomend for a beginner.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful views—I imagine it’s even more beautiful in the fall. Lots of horses on the trail.

hiking
26 days ago

No cow patties as reported in a review from 11 months ago. Loved this hike. Lots of wild flowers, Valley and Mountain View’s. The Bush Creek is viewed from above and you gradually descend to the bottom of the trail which meets the creek. Started the hike at 8 a.m. almost no one on the route, no bugs and no blazing sun for us.

on Lower Loop Trail

27 days ago

Great bike trail with kids as there was great single track and not too much uphill. Wonderful views and a river to cool off at.

Has some decent wildflowers but this trail is obviously a place where locals walk their dogs and ride their bikes. Not much to it but the views of the valley are good and it’s very accessible from Hwy 135.

I prefer this for an early evening stroll after the horses are put up. Great for dogs. Gothic and the valley never get old to look at - flowers were strong but starting to fade a bit. Prefer to take in the fall as the aspen change and the bugs are gone due to cooler weather. This this is more of an easy moderate.

trail running
1 month ago

This is my fav, easy and dog friendly trail literally “in town”. It skirts the Slate River and has mildly different terrain from open meadows, forest canopy and aspen groves. Very mild climb connecting the loop back to town w great views of the Butte. Hikers watch out for bikers. Great trail run. Also note it connects to other trails so you can make it a longer trek if you want.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice progressive incline. I believe closer to 9 miles from town. You will experience forest and aspen groves to open meadows with some nice wildflowers in transition. It says no dogs above but they are allowed w leash law. Lake is clear, saw lots of cutthroats. Wish I brought my rod!

trail running
1 month ago

This is an amazing trail. Not much climbing so a nice way to get in 7+ miles and enjoy the views. Through trees, open fields, water and mountain views, this trail has it all

Nice easy hike with the kids to the best view on the south rim!

Beautiful and well marked! There was a bit of a walk to the trailhead but totally worth it. We saw some great wild flowers and mountain views near the end, and the forest on the way up was charming and lush. The lake is stunning! Except for a few sections, the climb was nice and gradual, and we made better time than we thought we would.

There are much nicer trails in the area. I would avoid this one and leave it for the bikes and the horses. Lots of horses.

This trail was beautiful and very fun and easy for the kiddos. Lots of interesting facts alongside the trail

hiking
1 month ago

easy hike if you get into town late, beautiful flowers and a nice creek to put your feet in at the end.

on Brush Creek

1 month ago

This is an easy and beautiful trail. We do it every time we are in CB. Definitely bring bug spray and sunscreen in summer.

walking
1 month ago

Fun, leisurely outing. Heavily trafficked with walkers and bikes. Plenty of places to stop and look around. Perfect for a casual stroll.

Easy hike, following the trail guide out to the end. Nice views of the surrounding area. Last trail at the end of the road, small parking lot but parking wasn't too bad.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice easy hike our first day in Crested Butte. Lot's of beautiful wildflowers, aspens, butterflies and mountai views.

hiking
1 month ago

Too easy=too many people. Could not go 20 yards without people everywhere. Pretty but was not the escape we were looking for.

Great hike, lots of trail running opportunities. Easy to the top, would take my kids on this one.

Easy 2 hour trail that takes you on a tour of the beautiful Crested Butte valley. Pretty flat, but lots of pretty things to look at.

Another great hike in the park!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, well maintained, clearly marked. Mostly shaded, plenty open mountain meadows to spot flowers, and what a beautiful lake at the end.

My friend and I did this very short hike last Sunday (6/3) after having spent the previous two days hiking down near Telluride. We hiked around 22 miles on our two day adventure, so the 1.5 mile round trip trek was a bit more strenuous for us than for some of the others who were just beginning their journey.

It was a little overcast when we started our hike around 10 am, but the sun came out in full force once we reached the viewpoint, and it illuminated the canyon in spectacular fashion. Definitely one of the more panoramic views among the 12 stops along the "Scenic Drive", but the "Painted Wall" still may have been my favorite amongst the options.

I would love to return to this National Park when I have some more time to explore the canyon and hike around. Definitely worth while for hikers of all ages and fitness levels!

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