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Lupine, Gunsight Connection and Lower Loop Trail

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Gunnison National Forest

Lupine, Gunsight Connection and Lower Loop Trail is a 13.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Crested Butte, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking.

Length 13.2 mi Elevation gain 1,377 ft Route type Loop
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Forest Lake River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Dax Garza
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Mountain biking

My cousin and I mountain biked it and it was very difficult. It took us just over 2 hours. The Gunsight Connector starts off with intense steep climbs, but later it is pretty much all downhill. Overall was fun, but very exhausting.

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Beth Peters
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Hiking

We did Lupine 2 (first little parking spot at Nicholson lake that has a trailhead map). Up to Gunsight Connector. Dutch on long leash hike. Super fun!! Great with kids but could be a fab run!!

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Kirsten Chesney
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Mountain biking

A beautiful trail! I decided to mountain bike this one, which seemed to be the most popular way to enjoy the trail. But it would be just as enjoyable hiking as well. I did not do the Gunsight Connection due to an approaching thunderstorm that cut our trip short. The Lupine trail is rated as moderate (blue) for mountain biking (according to some MTB apps) and would be difficult for very new bikers or kids younger than 12. I have only mountain biked 8 times or so, and this trail was the perfect amount of challenge and enjoyment for me. Plan for spotty shade, a few hefty but short-lived hills, stunning purple wildflowers, Aspen groves, green grass meadows, crystal clear views of the mountains! Bring your camera and sunscreen!

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Bravo Young
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Mountain biking

First time MTB. Unexpected snow came in the morning to start out cold, but warmed up quickly. Gorgeous views. I think the Gunsight Connector is not for someone who is beginning in MTB. Loved the trail!

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Kilty Inafuku
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Mountain biking

Go when the aspens are flaring! Well worth the climb even though my lungs were huffing

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Jazzy Ing
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HikingPrivate property

NO PARKING WARNING. There is no parking allowed at entrance of LUPINE TRAIL OFF OF GOTHIC RD. All private property up to entrance. Nearest public parking is over a mile away down Gothic Rd.

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Annette Battan
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Hiking

We hiked Gunsight Connector from Slate Rd (734) and on to the top of Lupine trail. There is some good elevation change but the trail is well maintained and the aspen groves and lupine were fantastic. There are a lot of mountain bikers who use the trail so go early in the day or you’ll be stepping off the trail regularly.

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Ashley Hale
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Mountain biking
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a moderate climb and short DH

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Paul Benario
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Mountain biking
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Erin Hutchens
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Hiking
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Soren Burkhart
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Mountain biking
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Mark Pfeif
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Hiking
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Jason Hebert
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Hiking
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Doug Phillips
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Hiking
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Chad Livingston
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Mountain biking
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Jay Ferrill
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Hiking
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David Hull
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Mountain biking
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Maurice Oteiza
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Hiking
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Vince Shormaker
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Hiking
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Rita Grendze
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Hiking
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Christian Ageno
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Mountain biking
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Svea Whiting
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Hiking
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Taylor Summers
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Hiking
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Mike Callahan
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Hiking
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Wendy Cieslak
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Hiking
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Jeffrey Schopp
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Mountain biking
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Barb Van Hoy
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Hiking
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Fryderyk Skrbenski
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Mountain biking
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Mike Callahan
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Hiking
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Bill Maryea
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Hiking
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