Explore the most popular lake 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.

Easy trail, but has a decent amount of gravel and rock. I expected to be closer to the falls in the end but it is still a spectacular overlook

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.

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

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

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!

mountain biking
25 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.

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

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.

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
1 month 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
1 month 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).

hiking
1 month ago

Nice progressive incline. I believe closer to 9 miles from town. You will experience forest and aspen groves to open meadows with some nice wildflowers in transition. It says no dogs above but they are allowed w leash law. Lake is clear, saw lots of cutthroats. Wish I brought my rod!

1 month ago

Not sure what the fuss is all about. granted we stopped at falls because we were just looking for a short hike after hiking all morning elsewhere. I would call this more of a moderate trail due to all the loose rocks and it has a pretty steady climb. Not hard, but i wouldn't take grandma or anybody not used to hiking. I guess I expected to be closer to the falls rather than looking at them from 300 yards away down a cliff. An ok hike but there are much better trails. Maybe if you keep going it gets better.

hiking
1 month ago

Love it! My husband and I chose this as our first hike with our 6 month old baby in a backpack...definitely worth it! Falls at the end we’re gorgeous.

mountain biking
1 month 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 and well marked! There was a bit of a walk to the trailhead but totally worth it. We saw some great wild flowers and mountain views near the end, and the forest on the way up was charming and lush. The lake is stunning! Except for a few sections, the climb was nice and gradual, and we made better time than we thought we would.

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

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!

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful falls but keep on going to the lake if you have time. My GPS kept taking me to Judd Circle, a street in Crested Butte, so just put in Gothic Road and follow to Gothic and you'll find it no problem. Pack water shoes a couple of creek crossing nothing difficult but if you don't want wet socks take your water shoes to walk across.

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

Short and simple. Good for kids. Has great overlook of Gothic road, mountain, and Crested Butte. Ends at a nice spot over the falls.

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.

nice trail. easy enough for kids. beautiful sites.

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
2 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!

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

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, well maintained, clearly marked. Mostly shaded, plenty open mountain meadows to spot flowers, and what a beautiful lake at the end.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate hike with great views at the top. Park in town near third street and walk from there (approximately 1/2 mile walk to trail head). Cannot park at the trail head because it is private property, all the more reason to grab a beer in town as you walk back to your car. Cutthroat abound in Green Lake, so hike with a fishing pole if you'd like. Very dog friendly with numerous water spots for your dog to cool off along the way.

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.

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