Best bird watching trails in Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Gunnison National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Judd Falls Trail
Gunnison National Forest
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
#2 - Meridian Lake Loop Trail
Gunnison National Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
Please be mindful and considerate when hiking this trail as parts of it are on private property. Show more
#3 - Washington Gulch Trail
Gunnison National Forest
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 4 h 28 m
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. Show more
#4 - San Luis Peak via Stewart Creek Trail
Gunnison National Forest
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Length: 12.6 mi • Est. 7 h 25 m
#5 - Dark Canyon, Irwin and Dyke Trail Loop
Gunnison National Forest
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
#6 - Crested Butte Upper and Lower Loop
Gunnison National Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
As of June 26, 2020, users have reported that most of Upper trail was closed off. Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
#7 - Cottonwood Pass
Gunnison National Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
#8 - Upper Westside to Crested Butte
Gunnison National Forest
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 6 h 9 m
NOTE that this trail or segments of the trail may close due to weather conditions.Show more
#9 - Trail 403
Gunnison National Forest
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 4 h 28 m
#10 - Crystal Creek Trail
Gunnison National Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Winding through wildflowers, Gambel oak, aspens, conifers and a recovering burn area, Crystal Creek Trail is ideal for spring or fall hiking. Sweeping views of Cimarron Valley, the West Elk and San Juan Mountains can be viewed along the way. The trail ends at an overlook, 1800 ft. above Crystal Res.Show more
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