Explore the most popular trail running 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.

mountain biking
6 hours ago

Great paved trail loop bike path.

25 miles in and out? or just 25 miles straight in and 25 miles back??

hiking
22 days ago

Lovely, relaxing walk right outside my backdoor pretty much! Great for biking as well. Worth experiencing during a full moon!

hiking
6 months ago

I could explore this place for months and still not see everything. It's quite a climb, but the views are incredible!

mountain biking
7 months ago

Started from the Hartman’s parking lot and reached Aberdeen Quarry, then crossed the stream and got into the nice single track of the Aberdeen Loop, which was my final destination today. Used the double track roads to go home quickly and easily after the long ride. This route goes deep in HR but enjoyable! Make sure you have enough water to go this much far.

Just gorgeous, and ends at a truly spectacular overlook. However, wouldn't call it "hard" ~ more like moderate.

Great easy lake hike

snowshoeing
7 months ago

snow-shoed this a couple years ago. was amazing and a groomed trail. you get ridiculously close to the 13ers there. huge, amazing mesa. definitely check it out.

road biking
8 months ago

Autumn aspen leaves galore, nice views, go up hill and then down hill !

off road driving
8 months ago

Road 740, we rode on atvs an motorcycle. beautiful road especially with turning aspen, lots of panoramic views! moderately trafficed, but it was a beautiful saturday! lots if smooth sandy road, some rocky sections that 4wd helped me climb but rare.

hiking
8 months ago

This is one of many trails in this area but not all of them are on alltrails.com. Some of the lakes don't even have names on maps. Remote and desolate. Amazing.

hiking
8 months ago

Lovely day for this lovely little hike. We had it to ourselves, feeling as if you are at the top of the world. Saw a marmot scramble up the nearby slope at great speed, nothing to do with us.

Great workout, Beautiful Trail

On a holiday weekend plan on BIG crowds. Expect great views, but lots of noise on most of the hike during a holiday weekend. Great if you want to play in the water and hike!

8 months ago

You can't park on the road or at the trailhead. 3/4 mile hike from the highway but nowhere to park there either...elitist region...

8 months ago

Awesome views at top! A very nice hike.

9 months ago

Nice, scenic, lots of switchbacks but great for families. My 4 year old did the whole thing. The views at the top were incredible and we saw 6 Ptarmigan and a Pika.

hiking
9 months ago

I'll plan to go in July next year when the wild flowers are more ample, though they were still decent today. The mile steep uphill from the river to the trailhead is no joke, but definitely the only difficult part of the hike. Lots of water to cross.

I found these directions good: Take Gothic Road (135) north past Mt. Crested Butte for 4.3 miles. Bear right past the Snodgrass Trailhead parking lot and descend into the East River Valley for another 6.5 miles past the town of Gothic until you reach the signed Rustler Gulch road. Turn right and drive this rocky road 0.2 miles to the East River (check the depth). Cross the river [0] and park on the right side, or continue driving on a steep narrow road for another mile to the TH sign. There is limited parking for 5 to 6 SUVs. Cars can make it to the East River (although the road is rough the last 0.2 miles). A high clearance SUV is recommended to cross the river and go up the steep road to the TH.

I would add that the road to the trailhead is on the right, after you pass the Washington Gulch trailhead (on the left) and soon after you go over a bridge of sorts. It's hidden by the tall grass but there is a brown sign that says "Rustler's Gulch ->" There's not much parking on the rough 0.2 mile road before the East River for cars who can't make it over but there is ample parking just before that road on Gothic Rd.

9 months ago

BEYOND beautiful hike! Good parking, challenging workout and jaw dropping views. Would do again in a heartbeat.

Stayed in a cabin here close to fall, was pretty cold atving but so worth it the views r amazing and the beautiful landscape breathtaking. Loved this trip. Bundle up it can rain and get pretty freaking cold lol!

Perfect first hike from lowland

9 months ago

Beautiful! I definitely recommend having a four wheel drive vehicle to take you up the steep road to the trail head. If you start further down at the parking lot then the first mile is a strenuous uphill climb. There are several large streams to cross along this hike so be prepared to take off your shoes and wade through the water. We went in July. The views and wildflowers were like none other.

off road driving
9 months ago

Love Hartman

9 months ago

Amazing wildflowers and views!!! Lots of creek crossings!

on Rustler Gulch

hiking
10 months ago

We started out around 8 am, choosing to hike up the mile or so road to the trailhead. The hike was amazing despite the ample water and mud everywhere. We ended up taking off our shoes two times to cross water/rivers. We thought the end of the trail was the old miner's building. Turns out we should have gone further to see the falls. Only negative was the flies everywhere. Wish we had brought bug spray.

hiking
10 months ago

Fantastic hike. Our three year old did 90% of it on his own so it was pretty easy and the views are unbelievable.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome trail. First half mile is a pretty constant climb. Wildflowers everywhere on the way up the first 2 miles. Right at about the 2 mile mark there is a stream crossing. After that there were still a few patches of snow but they are for the most part avoidable. Upon reaching the 3rd mile mark, there are spectacular views looking through Gothic Canyon with the Maroon Peaks across from you. Continuing up the trail was dry for the rest of the way until reaching the chairs overlooking Washington Gulch.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

What an amazing place!!! Great camping spots and amazing views!!!

10 months ago

mid-july this Trail has more wildflowers than any place in Crested Butte. even without the wildflowers the hike is stunning and I must do when in the area

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