Oh-Be-Joyful Trail

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Oh-Be-Joyful Trail is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crested Butte, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

11.2 miles
1,676 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

cross country skiing


nature trips






Directions from Crested Butte: Travel a half mile north on Gothic Road to Slate River Road, Forest Road 734, and drive three and a half miles northwest to Oh-Be-Joyful Road.

8 days ago

High elevation gain at first, but then beautiful rolling meadows. Fun hike!

22 days ago

It should also be noted that this trail under the same name (FS designation) continues up to Democrat basin and over O-Be-Joyful pass onto first Swan then Buck basin. While the Blue Lake area is beautiful, I would highly recommend making the trek up to the higher country! (Actually I take that back, stay away and leave it untouched!). Just kidding this land is for all of us to enjoy. There are some wonderful alpine lakes and waterfalls up in Democrat and the relative difficulty of access into Swan and Buck make them absolutely pristine.

As for the main trail out of the BLM campground, it is a nice and I would say a moderate hike. You’ll run through conifer forests and open Meadow. Be sure to checkout the waterfalls along the way. Also know that the last mile up to Blue Lake is the most difficult as the trail is rather steep and often covered in several feet of snow late into the year. A mid summer weekend can be a busy time in the drainage so be prepared to share the trail.

You are also for the most part in the Raggeds Wilderness. It is therefor very important to follow LNT principles and not hamper the experiences of others. Also please keep your dog on a leash as is a rule in all FS wildernesses unless they are very well behaved (You can be fined for having a dog off leash).

1 month ago

The name of the trail alone describes my favorite trail in Crested Butte. The waterfalls, the sound of the stream, the views, the wildflowers...brilliant!

1 month ago

Did Oh Be Joyful on June 7. 13.5 round trip, 61/2 hours. Tried to make it to Blue Lake but snowed under. The trail about 750 yards to Blue Lake is snow packed. We were so close. Beautiful hike with lots of waterfalls!! Will do this again when snow melts. Recommend this hike, awesome!

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