Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

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.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

cow trail. had to bail. sucks..

mountain biking
3 months ago

This trail is accurately rated “hard.” You start with a 14ish mile, steeeeeep in places, climb up a gravel to dirt road. It is hard. As you ascend, the views are absolutely stunning. I recommend taking your shoes off to cross the pretty little creek! By the time we got to the trail, we were totally exhausted. I am a strong intermediate rider and I was ready to throw my bike off the mountain! The 5 mile DH has sections that are fast, fun, and flowy and more amazing views. There are also sections that are the hardest and most technical that I know of. A lot of the DH was treacherous and very hard! Long travel bikes and years of experience are recommended. Overall, this trail could possibly be fun if there were a shuttle up.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Wow, interesting trail. It is a 14 mile climb. All on some form of road. I could kill this thing on my gravel bike but riding an 140 mm travel bike up the road for that long is quite exhausting. Not physically as much as mentally. It is beautiful, it has great views. Once the downhill starts it’s a little tricky to find your way at first but not a big deal. Then you come to the middle section of the downhill which is incredibly smooth and ultra fast. You can jump from turn to turn. It is absolute just pure fun. Probably one of my favorite sections of trail. Then you come to the third part. It is super technical. I do not advise it for anybody that is not truly and accomplished bike rider. I did it with no problem on my longer travel bike but my wife had quite a bit of issues on her hundred millimeter bike. I don’t think that the trail is really worth the climb. It would be a really fun shuttle trail. With that said, most rides in Colorado are this way so take that for what you will.

Great views! Sadly, weather stopped us about 300 feet from the summit.

Just amazing!

hiking
3 months ago

No cow patties as reported in a review from 11 months ago. Loved this hike. Lots of wild flowers, Valley and Mountain View’s. The Bush Creek is viewed from above and you gradually descend to the bottom of the trail which meets the creek. Started the hike at 8 a.m. almost no one on the route, no bugs and no blazing sun for us.

Has some decent wildflowers but this trail is obviously a place where locals walk their dogs and ride their bikes. Not much to it but the views of the valley are good and it’s very accessible from Hwy 135.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Worth the effort for the views, wildflowers in July and fun trail. It is rated difficult bike trail in some guides but is very do-able for an advanced intermediate rider in relatively good shape. I spend 4 to 5 hours a week at gym or on bike at 100 feet altitude and I did fine. I gave myself a couple of days of hiking to acclimate to the 10,000+ feet altitude then rode the uphill very slow not letting my heart rate get out of control. The downhill was ultra fun with just a few technical spots that I walked for a few feet. I did slide out once in a tight curve and there are places where you might fall on the steep hillside but if you are careful it's not gonna happen. I did the 8 mile loop starting a Rustler's Gulch, climbed the DUSTY road 3 gradual miles then right to trail at top. Climbed/pushed 1.5 more miles on trail to another top but the flowers and views were fabulous during the climb. Then whoopee downhill rest of the way (there is one difficult curve that is steep and washed out but can be walked). Back at Rustler's Gulch there is a very deep creek to cross but if you go upstream about 50 feet and cross by big tree it's only a few inches deep then a push up semi-steep short hill on other side to get back on road. This trail is very popular and narrow, please be kind to other bikers and hikers which may mean slowing down for hikers and letting faster people pass you.

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

hiking
4 months ago

easy hike if you get into town late, beautiful flowers and a nice creek to put your feet in at the end.

on Brush Creek

4 months ago

This is an easy and beautiful trail. We do it every time we are in CB. Definitely bring bug spray and sunscreen in summer.

Loved this trail.. It was steep at first until you get past the cement creek caves. Then it was beautiful meadows on the hills with a forest feel at the end. It was easy enough and beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

A nice easy hike our first day in Crested Butte. Lot's of beautiful wildflowers, aspens, butterflies and mountai views.

4 months 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).

Great hike, lots of trail running opportunities. Easy to the top, would take my kids on this one.

mountain biking
5 months ago

My most favorite MTB trail I have every done!!!! Views to die for, literally if you don't keep your eyes on the trail. One tricky spot where the trail kind of drops off and we had to carry and jump our bikes over. The end of the trail was flooded and had to carry our bikes through knee high water. Epic climb and Epic descent! Well worth the effort! A must do!

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!

hiking
5 months 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!

Great longer hike with beautiful views. Longer than 8 miles. The last 2 miles are really exposed and sometimes the wind can really kick up. Mountain bikers were friendly. Our dog loved the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Don't waste your time. Out in the open and exposed to the sun and heat. Views are no better than those while driving the road. Could be useful for someone acclimating to the altitude. May be pretty in autumn when the leaves change, but there are better hikes for that.

Hiked on 11/04/17. No parking where All Trails begins. Have to park at the Brush Creek TH 1 mile prior. So add 2 miles RT. Some snow, rain, fog, and a little sun made for a very pleasant November walk in the woods. Never saw another person! Didn't know there'd be splendid views of Teocali, as it was too foggy in the morning to realize it should be visible from the parking lot. But near the end of the big descent, the weather cleared and the peak showed itself. Magical! Would recommend this hike in the winter, but wouldn't waste a Summer day in CB doing measly little this one. Besides, in the Summer it's probably crowded by bikers.

on Brush Creek

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The hike runs through free range cow fields. The main and only path to walk on is cluttered with cow patties as well as all around, and the smell is horrid. The trail says dog friendly but I'd highly recommend not bringing them! A lot of run off water intercepts the path but it is beyond contaminated with cow shit due to it being everywhere aside from one main run off drain which looked fairly clean. I crossed paths with another owner and dog who had rolled in about just as much cow crap as my dog. All in all I was really not impressed! If you like cow shit and mushroom picking this is your spot!

hiking
Monday, August 21, 2017

Hiked 1.3 miles on trail. Very easy, very comfortable while escorting two friends from Texas unaccustomed to altitude. Encountered a big, icky mud pit. We turned around, opting to keep shoes clean. Pretty waterfall nearby.

Fun hike. Lots of rock climbing

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Gorgeous trail. We went last year and the wildflowers were beautiful. My husband and I hiked it. In case you are a first timer like us- do note there are a lot of bikers on the trail. With it being such a narrow trail, we had to move out of their way which became a little bit of a pain because we also had our dog, but still well worth the beautiful hike.

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Amazing wildflowers & single track !

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