Explore the most popular trails near Crested Butte with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
1 month ago

I did this with my three children. Steep to start, I thought we would be able to see the caves up close, but climbed above them. Great views, nice Aspens, last part is on the road.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Did the lower of these two loops, b/c Snodgrass was closed. We went up Lupine and back down Upper lower loop. For intermediate riders it was great! Not too technical, but enough to make me a little nervous. Good ups and downs.

easy hike appropriate for all ages. Enjoyed the drive to the trail more than the trail itself.

Beautiful time of the season to hit this trail - Aspen are in full gold and the view of Irwin Lake is pristine most of the way up. Parking is off to the side of the gravel road before the trailhead - we saw a couple of non-SUV’s getting around just fine on the way up. We opted to take the seemingly “steeper” route on the way up - veering left when the loop begins instead of right. The dogs loved it, too!

hiking
1 month ago

Although. The falls are nice, compared to other walks in Colorado, this one is 3/5

scenic driving
1 month ago

Most beautiful drive we've done yet! not sure why its classified as moderate, 2wd vehicle did just fine!. scenic drive, not off road driving. Highly recommended

Very steep for the first half then levels out. Took us 2 hours to get up and 45 mins to get down. AMAZING views especially at the top!! Must do this hike if near CB!! Good workout.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning views along this road. There are plenty of spots to pull over and take pictures. It's a must see if in CB.

Beautiful views along the upper lake. Loop involves a paved road on the way back for a mile. Not my favorite part of the trail. Out and back would be much better rather than it being a loop. Enjoyed the hike with my senior pup!

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of aspens changing colors right now! Beautiful hike, long but not technically challenging.

Steady and steep climb from the parking area up one-third of a mile to view the lake. From there you simply hike around the lake and back down. Nothing spectacular for the area, but a quick hike and chance to be near water all the time if you’re hiking with dogs. Saw several people fishing.

Great hike, the falls are gorgeous, not much room for viewing but it was fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, steep to the top! Worth it!!!

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful place to see millions of huge Aspen from you motorcycle, auto, or Motor Home. Lots of places to pull over to take photos, too., and a large number of trails to hike.

This trail is currently closed

hiking
1 month ago

If you are from the flat lands, and a low elevation, the initial bump from the start of the trail may kick you butt, as it did ours. Pace yourself, it's worth the effort. After hit the top, it's mostly rolly all the way down. fantastic views.

Incredible views and a challenging hike.

Excellent leisurely hike with beautiful views.

the farther up cc rd 740 you go the better it gets. so if you still want a nice easy 3-4 mike hike, drive up as far as you can (road becomes 4x4 worthy) until the road becomes trails. you won’t be disappointed.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for families or shorter distances. Took our 4.5 year old and 1.5 year old (in child carrier on back) and they both did great! Trail has a nice climb initially and parts of the trail are pretty rocky. Great views of Gothic Mountain and the overlook of Judd Falls was beautiful. Continue on the trail past Judd Falls and go into Maroon Bells Wilderness (trail also gets easier here). A few mountain bikers coming down the trail in the first 0.5-1 mile of the trail, so be aware.

Great hike with amazing views the entire way, especially when you get to the top of the ridge. It’s important to bring layers of clothing. We experienced sun, rain, snow and wind. Didn’t see any wildlife but there were plenty of birds. We hiked this with kids 9-12. Took us a little under 3 hours. It does have a very steep decent. Kids loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in Colorado. Really beautiful views the whole way. From the road parking lot to the waterfall it was closer to eleven miles for us. Didn’t care either way.

hiking
2 months ago

A short, very steep scramble through the woods lands you at this hidden, long lake. It was very quiet. We enjoyed the throwing the ball for our dog, observing the swimmers training for open water swim, and the cows scrambling up and down the far bank. We took the more gentle path on the return.

hiking
2 months 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!

Great hike for beginners and to take the kids to. Gets a little rocky but doable. amazing views of Mt. Gothic! You don't really head down into the falls, it's actually an overlook. But beautiful nonetheless.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful valley, didn’t pass too many folks, easy inclines.

Our go-to hike with family and friends new to the area. Take the counter-clockwise route if you want a slightly less-steep ascent.

2 months ago

cow trail. had to bail. sucks..

hiking
2 months ago

This was a very good trail to hike. There is a river spot you must cross, if you can cross with your vehicle makes the hike a little shorter. I was afraid to chance going thru. Amazing views along the way.

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