Explore the most popular forest 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.

I prefer this for an early evening stroll after the horses are put up. Great for dogs. Gothic and the valley never get old to look at - flowers were strong but starting to fade a bit. Prefer to take in the fall as the aspen change and the bugs are gone due to cooler weather. This this is more of an easy moderate.

mountain biking
7 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.

Beautiful views and hike is relatively easy until the last mile or so which is up and up. But so worth it!

hiking
13 days 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.

There are much nicer trails in the area. I would avoid this one and leave it for the bikes and the horses. Lots of horses.

The last mile is very challenging but worth the effort! Beautiful wildflowers, wild life and nice paths. Creek crossing an adventure! We weren't able to keep our feet dry! Unable to stay long at the top due to thunderstorm. Definitely recommend!

Amazing views, wild flowers all over, but the last mile before reaching the lake was quite difficult.

Long slow incline followed by a good mile rocky climb. Be ready to get your feet wet a few times as the trail crosses Copper Creek a lot. No bikes allowed and only saw a handful of people. The lower area is full of wildflowers, pine, and deer. Well maintained wide trail with a few fallen trees. The lake has a great alpine lunch spot. Wanted to continue to Maroon Pass but rain and a touch of snow swept in. Wonderful Colorado trail.

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

Awesome hike, awesome views! Good to know there are creeks you have to cross so be prepared with shoes that can get wet or taken off! We just walked through in our socks and shoes, not as bad as it sounds haha.

mountain biking
1 month 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!

Incredible views! The snow is gone. It doesn't get much better!

Brilliant wildflowers!

initial climb is ridiculous! The rest of the hike was nice. not much to enjoy walking back on the roadway. But no way that we would down the vertical section.

Amazing hike with spectacular views. This was a great one for the start of summer season. It is fairly long but not steep. The last mile ish is where you gain a majority of the elevation. Note that at this time, the last mile is almost all snow. We were still fine in just hiking boots but it is starting the melt. The lake was almost all frozen but insanely beautiful

Up one way down the other. Well established trail, lots of bikes on it though if that’s a thing for you. Not the greatest view at the summit but the views in the middle are quite amazing.

Wanted to jump in lake it was beautiful

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.

off road driving
10 months ago

Road 740, we rode on atvs an motorcycle. beautiful road especially with turning aspen, lots of panoramic views! moderately trafficed, but it was a beautiful saturday! lots if smooth sandy road, some rocky sections that 4wd helped me climb but rare.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike with underrated views.

Great workout, Beautiful Trail

Beautiful sunny and warm day. The views are just the best along the stream with 13,500 ft mts on either side of you. Quarter of the aspen trees had turned yellow. The trail is very much open to the sunshine and views of the mountains. As you head in on the trail, you have more pines along the route. The trail takes the hiker to high pines and steep incline compared to the trail before it. At this point the hiker will be at around 10,800 ft . Had no idea there was a lake if I continued. I was tired and turned back. Maybe I will come back next year and go see the lake.

Great hike two for one Judd Falls & Copper Lake.

I loved this hike! Gorgeous views. The steep forest incline gives way to a quintessential Colorado mountain lake, where my dog caught a salmon!

You have to go .6 to Judd Falls so take that mileage into account. The lake is amazing! The last 1.5 is quiet rough, very rocky and uphill but it's really only that last bit that is uphill.

Best wildflowers! So beautiful. Vistas are amazing.

Fun hike. Lots of rock climbing

on Meridian Lake Loop Trail

11 months ago

Beautiful all around views. Better to double back when you get to the end of the lake. We didn't see the point of the return route along the road for quite a distance.

Nothing special but easy quick hike

Don't believe the sign at the upper parking trail head. It says 4, but it's almost 5 miles. And the last mile is over 800 feet of elevation..

It's a good day hike, but just be prepared for that last 45 minute push.

But it's worth it when you finally get there.

From the bottom parking lot, the full hike is closer to 11 miles.

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