Explore the most popular Camping 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Trailhead was difficult to find. Beautiful views and hiking only more difficult towards the end.

hiking
1 month ago

We loved this hike! The beginning was the only part that I would say was "hard". Once the initial climb was over, it was a beautiful walk through a valley with panoramic views. Another plus, we only ran into 8 people then entire hike. You do have to cross a creek to get to the trail head.

Nice easy hike to get acclimated to the altitude. There are pit toilets at the Lake Irwin campground. The area is cross-crossed with trails but as long as you don’t stray too far from the edge of the lake they will all lead in the same direction. Not a great spot for fall foliage - not a lot of aspen visible.

hiking
1 month ago

Years ago we acquired the Daisy Pass and oh be joyful up the road near the townsite of Pittsburgh. You can still go that way but do not wander off the trail as it is private property. It is signed. Much more direct route. Road is not 4wd to this point. Colors are peaking.

horseback riding
blowdown
off trail
1 month ago

Rode this trail clockwise on horseback. We took 3 horses (including a pack horse) and 4 dogs. The fall colors and views were incredible. Definitely a trail I would do again but NOT on horseback. It is too technical and quite frankly dangerous. In many places it was a struggle for the horses to scramble up steep and loose rock with no room for error, otherwise they would fall off a cliff. Also the forest service hasn't clear all of the downfall, so lots of negiotating around logs that are too tall to jump over. Not trying to be too negative but if you're a horse person I'm just warning you not to do it, but if you do anyways make sure it's in the fall and dry. We never would have made it in the spring or summer because of wet and slick conditions. Trail markings are nonexistent on Lowline. Once you come out to a marked trail intersection that says Mill Creek and Squirrel Creek, go on Squirrel Creek in about a mile you will go through a gate, the trail is faint but continue straight and cross a creek. The trail at this point goes in several directions. Bear right - southwest, go across the meadow and start climbing and you will once again get on a defined trail to finish out the Lowline Trail back to the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Haven't gotten to do the full trail yet but this fall I stayed at Oh Be Joyful Campground for the first time. Best camping experience yet, I HIGHLY recommend staying here while in Crested Butte and throw this hike on in the morning!

Beautiful views. Easy hike.

Incredible hike. Didn’t see any other backpackers over my two nights, three days. Started at low line (recommended if you want to pace the hike), hiked about 8-9 miles in and camped just after passing south castle creek. Not too many streams on the lowline side mid September, so we loaded up about a gallon at the beginning and again at south castle creek. The next day we hiked to Storms Pass where you get a killer view of the castles. The elevation sounds intimidating, but if you take it slow, it’ll be totally achievable. And, the pass is not scrambley at all. Again, water wasn’t too abundant at this time, so load up when possible. When you get to Storms Pass, I recommend dropping your pack and hiking up just a little more on West Elk Peak just to the right. We then hiked a mile or so down where we passed a small creek and a waterfall with a great camp spot and fire ring. The trail in general isn’t super defined, but simple to follow if you pay just a little bit of attention. Also, this is a killer hike to do in the fall! Aspens haven’t changed much as of 9/16/19, but it’s soon coming! It was quite warm at night too, thought it would be worse.

Our favorite lake in Colorado. So beautiful, circled by awesome mountains! Very picturesque :) lake is fun to paddle board in and there is a great trail around the lake.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

If you hike this trail you need to continue to Blue Lake, it's what makes this hike a 5 Star trail. It's 14.2 miles roundtrip to the lake and only the last half mile is somewhat steep. The rest of the trail is easy.

hiking
2 months ago

Directions lead to a closed road. Avoid this route!! Waste of 4+ hours

Very easy hike around Lake Irwin.

hiking
2 months ago

The first two miles or so of this trail I would give 5 stars. You need to get off the main trail and head left toward the sound of the rushing water when you first hear it (top of 1st incline). There is a trail that travels alongside the Slate River and it is gorgeous and shaded. You can play in the river and walk across huge sheets of slate! The rest of the hike in late summer is nothing special with the exception of Blue Lake. Total hike to lake and back is about 13 miles. Take lots of water!

hiking
2 months ago

The bugs were more bothersome than on the 6 other trails we’ve been on this weekend. Got stung by a bee. You’re out in the open most of the first 3 miles, it was sunny no clouds and we were hot. The falls were nice. Turned around at mile 3.5.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this on 8/23/19. Fairly easy and straightforward for a 14er, the difficulty comes in just the distance. We camped the night before and if you drive down the road a 1/2 mile you get to Eddiesville Trailhead there are bathrooms and a big field perfect for camping. We had some snow (!) flurries up top but otherwise perfect weather.

on Oh-Be-Joyful Trail

hiking
2 months ago

We parked at the campground parking area and crossed Slate River via a log. Some boggy, muddy, wet areas on trail. We hiked 6.2 miles one way. Mosquitos and flies biting when stopped. Wildflowers still out. Some other hikers saw bears on the other side of the river. Took us 6 hrs 15 min including a stop for lunch. Some maps show cabin ruins; the ruins are around mile 5 and cannot be seen from trail. The "ruins" are really just a pile of boards, metal, and trash.

hiking
3 months ago

Only went in 2 miles but it was gorgeous. Nice mountain views, wildflowers, waterfalls and the creek on your left to keep you company.

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
private property
3 months ago

It seems to be rerouted due to private property. Way more switchback-y than the previous trail. Still a good trail, you just climb more initially. Also parking has moved further down the road a little bit, also due to private property.

hiking
3 months ago

We did Oh Be Joyful to the lake and it was 13.7 mi/2224’ elevation gain according to my Alltrails recording. Stunning scenery, waterfalls throughout, flowers were still very pretty and the mountains were spectacular back by the Blue Lake! This is one of the best trails I’ve done, and I hike twice a week in CO! Definitely wear waterproof hiking boots and use poles for water crossings and boggy areas. No problem with bugs. Minimal shade. It’s a long day, but totally worth every step!

hiking
3 months ago

To start, total round trip was around 13.4 miles. Lots of creek crossing, so make sure you have appropriate foot wear. Trail was beautiful, amazing wild flowers, and not much traffic. Highly recommended.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is amazing. We hiked to Blue Lake and were so pleased with how beautiful the water looked. Recommend starting early, bringing poles and consider bringing water shoes in addition to hiking boots to help cross the streams along the way. We did spot a bear about 500 ft away from us around mile 3, but we used a whistle and kept our distance and then continued on our way. We also saw a moose and deer. The wildflowers were stunning!

Getting to the parking lot on the West side of trail was intense but worth it. Great views from the top!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked almost all the way to Blue Lake. The last creek stopped me on top of the mountain. Had running shoes on and already took them off once before to cross a stream. Wasn’t doing this twice. Now I know why you need poles and waterproof shoes/Sandals.

hiking
bugs
muddy
3 months ago

The trail around this well-used (kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, floating, fishing, picnicking) and lovely alpine lake meanders up and down, breaking into 2 or 3 branches and then remerging. It's not the most spectacular lake and certainly not the most isolated, but the walk is relatively short and easy.

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