Judd Falls Trail

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Judd Falls Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crested Butte, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.2 miles
462 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers


From Crested Butte go north on Gothic Rd. to the town of Gothic, Right past the town on the right there is a parking lot,or if you have a high clearance vehicle, you can follow the road to the end at the trailhead.

23 days ago

great trail And the falls are beautiful.

1 month ago

Cute little place!! Awesome mini waterfall to the right after you cross the river where you can slide off a naturally made rock slide and jump off a little cluster of rocks!

8 months ago

went to the falls then kept going to the end.

8 months ago

Nice short hike.

8 months ago

Awesome trail with incredible views! Hiked to Judd Falls and then continued on the Copper Creek Trail for a total of six miles out and back. Great hike! Lots of "cow pies" and a couple instances where I had to go around some cattle but no big deal.

8 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful. Did it with wife, kids 9, 6 and 4 year old.

9 months ago

The trail is big kid friendly (5+). I hiked it with my two year old and had to carry him across the river and a few other times because of mud and tree roots. Wasn't a huge hassle to carry him because he liked to take breaks from walking. Lots of photo opportunities and a nice waterfall to cool off in.

Great trail for kids. We did this one with a little on in a pack and two preschoolers. The falls are beautiful with a little bench/overlook area. We will do this one again.

10 months ago

Greate family trail

10 months ago

Nice, kid-friendly hike. Views of the falls are good, and there are a few informative signs along the way. Quite a few 4wd vehicles and a couple mountain bikers to be aware of in the beginning of the trail.

10 months ago

Love this hike. You can keep it short & super easy just going to the falls ... or a little further to the first river crossing. You can keep going and cross more rivers giving you more adventure. It's perfect for families who may want to start easy, but add on if the kids are doing well. Very beautiful.

10 months ago

Nice hike through the town of Gothic. Make sure you stop in Gothic and check out the visitor center. The falls were beautiful.

11 months ago

Great views and wildflowers . I wouldn't say this was easy...many rocks and steep in some areas. Especially with grandkids. Definitely worth it...everybody thought so!!!

11 months ago

Two years in a row we have done this hike. It's mainly shaded which helps the dogs stay cool. There are a few rocky places to be careful at but overall a nice easy hike!

11 months ago

Beautiful, easy hike!

11 months ago

Nice easy short trail with the view of the falls at the end.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Very short, yet nice and easy trail. The falls were less than we expected, but overall worth walking. We continued to Copper lake trail from the falls.

Friday, May 26, 2017

This is my husband and my first time in Crested Butte. We also have our 5 month old little girl with us and she loved it! This trail was beautiful, there was never a bad view. ! Parts of the path were covered in snow but we were still able to hike on top of the snow. It wasn't bad at all. And the waterfall is incredible. Definitely worth taking this hike if you are wanting a easy, fun, hike with a great view!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Very short Class 1 - 2 hiking. The water fall is pretty and the overlook is very short distance, although there is some rocky areas that might be a bit mord difficult than just a walking path.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Started on this hike and continued to Copper Lake. One of the most gorgeous hikes I've done (Maroon Bells Wilderness is so gorgeous).

Monday, September 26, 2016

Lovely views. Easy hiking.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Very easy beautiful trial. The falls are only about a half mile in. The trail to Copper Lake is 4 miles but very easy so the 8 mile round trip didn't feel like 8 miles.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Nice hike but pretty rough with lots of rocks and cows and cow pies were everywhere.

Monday, August 08, 2016

There are two parking lots, one at the bottom near the road and another that would definitely require a sturdy 4x4 to reach about 1/2 mile up. This is where the trailheads are for 401 on one side and Judd Falls/Copper Lake on the other. There was light traffic yesterday afternoon on the trail. We saw a fox in the woods but thankfully he went away easily (I have big dogs). Plenty of gorgeous views along the way! Will be back next year for the wildflowers. The parking lots are small so prob only hold 20 cars max. So come early on busy days!! Took me a leisurely 1.5h to do the hike, with a lot of stopping to take pics.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Gorgeous. If you park right on the main road, you'll walk about half-a-mile to another parking lot. You can drive too (obviously) but the road is fairly rough. The walk to that point is mostly uphill but not too difficult. After that it's another half mile to the falls. That part is a mixture of up and downhill; fairly easy. The falls are pretty but the surrounding vistas are the true beauty of the hike.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Easy Hike ! Great for kids !

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Nice, easy trail to pretty falls. Perfect for an easy 2 mi hike with the kids. Wild flowers were beautiful!

Friday, July 01, 2016

Great hike if you like doing so in the snow! Beautiful area. Very cold, though.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fabulous hike. Tracking poles help in some places. Great view of falls and onward to Maroon Bells.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Pretty easy hike, but steep in areas- hard to see the falls. Muddy trail, bring your hiking boots.

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