Washington Gulch Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews
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Washington Gulch Trail is a 7.5 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 June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,142 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

This is a high elevation trail with instant views of the peaks of the Ragged Wilderness. The trail ascends easily, passing by two marvelous viewpoints before arriving at the overlook vista of the Gothic Valley and the peaks that frame it. This is the most scenic part of the hike. Wildflowers are also abundant here. After this overlook at mile 1.33, the trail descends very steeply. It is a popular mountain bike trail so there can be ruts and the trail can be very slippery. This is what turns the trail from moderate to difficult. There are wonderful views of Gothic Mountain. By mile 1.6, the trail enters spruce forest with limited views until mile 2.63. Then the trail opens up again as it descends steeply through the wildflower smothered hillsides of the Gothic Valley.

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26 days ago

My wife, 9yo son and 6yo daughter climbed to the 2.5mi high point (about 11,400ft) on the trail, which affords views in three directions. Some complaining from my daughter on the initial steep section and I cop to giving her a few shoulder rides, but all in all a good family hike. By late-August wild flowers are well past the peak. We spotted a pika carrying brush, two red-tailed hawks, and a mule deer with small velvety antlers. Damming the stream was a good diversion. My daughter concludes, “it was fun.” Success!

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2 months ago

MEDIOCRE.... If you like bugs, dust, and baking in the sun - this is your trail. First mile is steep incline, be prepared for a 187 bpm heart rate. It’s clear this trail is more for biking than hiking. Trail is narrow, maybe 1.5 foot wide and verrryy rocky. Wear pants because the plants, flowers, weeds destroy your legs as they are grown over into the trail. Wildflowers are just okay. There’s no “true” summit. Also, DO NOT take the “Getting There” description. Worst dirt road I’ve ever encountered. Won’t do this trail again, wasn’t impressed.

3 months ago

Brilliant wildflowers!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Great workout, Beautiful Trail

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

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.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

About half way through this hike, I was thinking about writing a mediocre review. We pressed on and are oh so glad we did. The views at the top are stunning. Would be fabulous in the summer with the wild flowers in bloom. However, the fall colors, brisk air and no traffic on the trail made this hike fantastic.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

An amazing hike with the most beautiful wild flowers. The view at the top is worth the hike.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Nice hike with some stunning views. The drive out to the head trail alone is worth doing!!

Also came across a deer and a few marmots which kept it interesting.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Epic views with some cool hiking along this trail for an Easter Day picnic. I highly recommend this winter hike.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The beginning of this trail to the overlook which is 1.33 miles is absolutely stunning. There are wonderful vistas of Washington Gulch valley, Baldy Peak, Gothic Mountain, and the Gothic Valley. Wildflowers are beautiful in late July. It is really an easy ascent to the viewpoint but the high elevation makes the hike moderate. If you hike all the way through, you will be hiking through some spruce forest with limited views. The last mile of the trail is very steep downhill but has spectacular views of the gothic valley. This part of the trail passes through 4 foot tall wildflowers. Wonderful!

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