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.

mountain biking
2 days 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
12 days 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

13 days 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
17 days ago

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

19 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).

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

mountain biking
26 days 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
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!

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
1 month 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
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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
11 months ago

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
11 months ago

Amazing wildflowers & single track !

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Great trail for wide open vistas and flowers mid July.
It's a two track trail in a beutifull valley.
I would not however describe the mountain stream as a "waterfall."
Do this enjoyable walk when there is a breeze to eliminate the obniqusios biting flies.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Walking on a road the entire way. Views are nice but little shade on warm days.

hiking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Trail partially under water at about .3 in from the trail head. Also lots of downed trees in the trail at about 1.4 in.

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Definitely too early for wild flowers. Crossed over a good section of snow and lots of muddy sections. Brought the lower trail near the water on the way back and that made it much nicer. Will do this one again with the 4 year old later in the season and hopefully the flowers will be blooming.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Brutally steep first mile, but evens out thereafter. Great views throughout, and nice change between forest and open areas.

hiking
Friday, March 03, 2017

Great way to see all the ecological zones of the mtn. Lots of bikes, flowers, aspens and a shallow water crossing at the bottom as a reward is a great way to end.

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Amazing! great climbs, long descents, and spectacular views - one of my all time favorite rides!

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Amazing, one of my all time favorite rides!

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

It was a pretty walk with constant views of the valley below. Pretty wildflowers. Path was muddy but this did not affect rating. Gave 3 stars because the end of the trail was pretty uneventful - no place to stop and enjoy the view and the biting flys didn't seem to mind our bug spray. The app says it is 3 miles but it is 4.25. Easy trail. Took us about 2 hours with kids.

cross country skiing
Monday, November 02, 2015

Great skin up and fun skiing from the summit. Views were spectacular.

hiking
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Nice, easy trail with beautiful wildflowers. There are several meadows full of wildflowers. Over 50 different varieties and millions of flowers. You are literally wading thru the flowers on the trail. Meadows look like Impressionist paintings. There are Columbines, Mariposa lilies, Lupines, penstemon, sunflowers and numerous other varieties.

This trail is very easy and even ppl who are not in good shape can enjoy gorgeous wildflowers with very little effort. The trail winds around Crested Butte Mtn, with pretty valley and East river on the other side. The meandering river is pretty and I spotted some Herons in it. Trail ends at the river and there is a fence across.

Brush creek road has no sign from the main road and is hard to figure out. The sign says Club at Crested Butte Skyland community. Turn there and follow the road. Once you pass the Upper Upper loop TH you get to Brush Creek TH. There is a sign at the TH on the left.

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