Trail 403

MODERATE 13 reviews
#11 of 73 trails in

Trail 403 is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crested Butte, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2168 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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1 month ago

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Did this trail today from the Elkton side all the way up to Gothic Mountain Summit...Beautiful views, but not for the faint of heart. About halfway to Gothic Mountain, the trail is VERY steep. And the second false summit of Gothic Mountain is basically scrambling over loose rocks, so come prepared. The views are definitely worth it!
Also there are some very deep ruts on Washington Gulch road, you will need a high clearance vehicle for. I took my X5 and made it just fine, although there were some intense parts.

3 months ago

I hiked this Trail on August 4th. It's a scenic trail with lots of great views. I started on the Gothic side of the trail which apparently is harder as it's mostly uphill but the views were great. I didn't see too many people along the way which was nice. The wildflowers were absolutely stunning!

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4 months ago

Hiked this trail from the Gothic side and it was straight up, or felt like it but the views were amazing and the sunflowers were in full bloom and plentiful. Definitely an amazing hike.

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4 months ago

5 months ago

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5 months ago

Monday, August 01, 2016

One of the best flower/total panorama combos anywhere.

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Monday, August 01, 2016

Great place to get scenic wildflower photos.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

This is a moderately easy tail to hike. There are amazing Vistas and wildflowers.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

I hiked the 403 from Washington Gulch side to the top up to the overlook. I did not go down to the Gothic side since U need a car or shuttle on the other side, unless U want a really long steep climb back to Washington Gulch side. It is a short but steep climb to the overlook but the trail is not that difficult.

To get there, take Washington Gulch road, which turns into a dirt road. Has private road signs on it. Pass the Meridian lake community and pass Elkton old mining town. After Elkton, there is one steep switchback with a sharp left turn after that you will see parking on left and trail sign on the right.

What makes 403 incredible is the unsurpassed 360 degree views of the Elk mountains. The trail was dotted with beautiful wildflowers although they were not as impressive as at Rustlers Gulch But still pretty. The views of the peaks tho are breathtaking. One of must do hikes in Crested Butte IMHO.