Explore the most popular river 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.

trail running
9 hours ago

This is my fav, easy and dog friendly trail literally “in town”. It skirts the Slate River and has mildly different terrain from open meadows, forest canopy and aspen groves. Very mild climb connecting the loop back to town w great views of the Butte. Hikers watch out for bikers. Great trail run. Also note it connects to other trails so you can make it a longer trek if you want.

16 hours 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.

16 hours 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.

trail running
1 day ago

This is an amazing trail. Not much climbing so a nice way to get in 7+ miles and enjoy the views. Through trees, open fields, water and mountain views, this trail has it all

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!

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!

13 days 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.

13 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

14 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.

15 days ago

Fun, leisurely outing. Heavily trafficked with walkers and bikes. Plenty of places to stop and look around. Perfect for a casual stroll.

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.

17 days ago

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

nice trail. easy enough for kids. beautiful sites.

20 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).

21 days ago

Too easy=too many people. Could not go 20 yards without people everywhere. Pretty but was not the escape we were looking for.

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.

Easy 2 hour trail that takes you on a tour of the beautiful Crested Butte valley. Pretty flat, but lots of pretty things to look at.

mountain biking
27 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!

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

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!

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 trail And the falls are beautiful.

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

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.

Cute little place!! Awesome mini waterfall to the right after you cross the river where you can slide off a naturally made rock slide and jump off a little cluster of rocks!

went to the falls then kept going to the end.

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