Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Great hike! The map will get you to the trail head, but there is no parking there. Start the hike at the Nordic center, you can park there. Lots of forest cover so it is a cooler hike.

mountain biking
5 days 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.

What an amazing hike! This was very challenging yet very rewarding once you finally get to the lake.
There is a lower parking lot which is where most folks park. Getting up to the trail head is not that daunting and I could have made it in my Forester(or any vehicle with 8 inches or more of clearance). Compared to the drive up to Grays and Torreys, the road up to there is a cake walk.
The overall trip is 12 miles as listed here but there is a sign about a mile in that says the lake is 4 miles away. The last 2 miles of this hike is where the incline sets in(and you ascend over 1k ft) while the first 4 miles are fairly flat as you go through the valley.
Overall, this hike is manageable and the lake itself is beautiful. It is covered most of the way with a few river crossings that you do not need to remove your shoes for. It would be amazing to camp at one of the spots right next to the lake and have the views looking over the valley be the first thing you see in the morning

hiking
6 days ago

Route shown does not go to Mt Emmons. To do so, continue across Gunsight Pass and climb to the top.

Stunning and not too hard at all. But rocky in parts

Nice moderate climb with a reward of spectacular views! Wildflowers and 360* views

Great climb - actually
Longer than listed - you can connect into other trails or reverse for a nice long downhill.

mountain biking
11 days ago

This is a great way to dip your toe in the water in the crested Butte area. The trail is short, not very technical, the down hills are quick but not blisteringly quick. The scenery is pretty. The climbs are long but not impossible. The problem is they show the distance on this trail being one thing but the reality of it is to get back to your car it’s about a 14 mile ride.

mountain biking
11 days ago

We absolutely love this trail! It is probably the most beautiful trail I have been on. Be sure that you ride it from the south to the north or west to the east depending on how they say the thing goes but there’s definitely no way that you want to climb this single track. I recommend this as a shuttle ride otherwise it is a very tedious painstaking road ride up to the top. The turns are amazing and you can really rip through the area. I am here in July and the flowers are so tall that they hit your hands. You do not want to do it right after a rain because you get very wet very quickly. I would definitely say this is an advanced trail however. I think that the three rating system here is very miss leading.

mountain biking
11 days 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.

We loved this hike. It wasn’t too bad at all. The road getting up to here after Judd Falls parking lot is rough and you should have AWD/4WD and some clearance. The incline up isn’t too bad. The last mile or so is steeper but not too bad. When you get to the lake make sure you hike up the rock in the center of the lake for some amazing views! One of the best hikes I have ever taken!

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

hiking
16 days ago

This is one of the most glorious hikes I've ever been on. The trail itself is about 7 miles, but it's a mile from the parking area to the trailhead, so that adds 2 miles. That first mile from the parking area to the trailhead is the most strenuous part of the hike -- it's a pretty intense incline, and the elevation adds a little challenge -- but once you're on the trail, it's relatively flat hiking. And gorgeous! I missed the flowers at their peek by a couple of weeks, but there were still wonderful beds of purples and yellows. And even if there weren't, the vistas around every corner were worth the hike alone. There's a little waterfall at the end of the trail -- it felt great to dip my feet into the coooooold water. There are a few creek crossings along the way, but the water was pretty low and they were easy to cross. There's a pond of water about 3 or 4 feet deep between the parking area and the route to the trailhead, but if you walk up the bluff to the left of the pond, you can cross there -- boots stayed dry.

mountain biking
18 days ago

the trail up Kebler pass is much shorter, about 4-5 miles but greater inclination. awesome for mtb with a great up hill and an even better down. highly recommend .definitely on the harder side so I wouldn't reccomend for a beginner.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful display of flowers especially after the third creek crossing

Loved this hike. Absolutely beautiful and not too strenuous. You do have to cross a few streams so keep that in mind if you don’t have great balance to hop across rocks, or just be okay getting your feet wet. No bikes once you hit the trailhead so that’s a bonus as well. Definitely park and walk up the road. We saw a couple raised vehicles make it through the stream but don’t risk it unless you know what you’re doing. The road is a climb but it’s a pretty walk and less than a mile I’d say. The trail wasn’t too busy- more people coming back vs going up- so get an early start and you’ll feel like you have this trail all to yourself. Most dogs we ran into were off leash.

hiking
22 days ago

A gorgeous hike filled with wildflowers and views.

Just amazing!

Trail not well maintained... very steep and slippery for kids. We had to turn back midway. Lake super busy on a weekend.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful views—I imagine it’s even more beautiful in the fall. Lots of horses on the trail.

hiking
23 days 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.

The initial climb is steep with sloping easy-to-slide terrain. Sadly I went up 3/4 of the way and decided there was no way my husband could habndle any distance on this kind of path. So, we gave it up. Wish we had studied it further because we might have been able to do and out and back longer easy hike using the road. I chose it because it was rated “easy”. I am a very strong hiker and found the beginning to be challenging.

on Lower Loop Trail

24 days ago

Great bike trail with kids as there was great single track and not too much uphill. Wonderful views and a river to cool off at.

Short hike to the falls. You can park on the main road and there are two additional small lots closer to the trailhead. The hike is short enough we found it easier just to park in the main lot and hike up. The hike to the falls is pretty rocky. More climbing then I expected given the reviews. For anyone used to hiking this won’t phase you, but if you’re not a hiker just know you will get a little out of breathe. We saw several people taking breaks. I would defiantly recommend continuing on towards the lake as we found this part of the trail much better. Less people, less rocky, and beautiful views. We turned around at the river crossing which was maybe a mile or so past the falls. Our dogs don’t handle heat that well so unfortunately we couldn’t push on to the lake. I should mention it was pretty buggy. Lots of flies, some biting, which didn’t bother us as much as the dogs.

hiking
25 days ago

Took my dogs, very pretty, fairly easy trail. Falls was beautiful. Trail has everything, great photos of wildflowers, mountains cross the way. Nice restroom at head of trail.

Great trail to become acclimated as it is short. Saw a family trying to hike this in flip flops and that is not smart . The trail is rocky but the waterfall view is spectacular.

hiking
27 days ago

Rustler’s Gulch was an incredible hike! The views were fantastic and the wildflowers were beautiful. It’s a steep hike up to the trailhead because of the flooded 4 wheel drive road, but well worth the hike.

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.

Did this one mid July. Wildflowers were spectacular. Very buggy so take plenty of spray to keep them away. With a high clearance vehicle we were able to forge the creek at the base of the hill and drive up to the gate. This is a great hike !

hiking
28 days ago

Short hike to the falls. You are standing above the falls looking down. Nice for those not able to hike more than a couple miles. The trail is a little rocky. If you have the time, continue on to Copper Trail and on to the lake, which is an additional 4-5 miles (one way).

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