Explore the most popular forest trails near Elkton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
3 days ago

I hiked this on 7/16/2018. Beautiful flowers the whole way. Magnificent views. Just beware that when you break off of 403 trail to head for Mt. Gothic summit you are going straight up till you reach the top. It’s very steep but if you have the legs it’s worth the effort. Fantastic views!

I’ve done this hike several times both from CB to Maroon Bells/Aspen or vice versa. If you hit it right, it is the most beautiful hike in Colorado from a flora perspective. Glimpse of heaven. The colors and variety of flowers is hard to rival anywhere else I have seen. You have a great range from meadows, to creeks, to the saddle and rock/shale fields, to forest and aspen groves, to lakes and rivers! Colorado and nature is showing off! The fireweed is about to burst and hike should be good thru early August for wildflowers.

I’ve lived in CO for over 30 years, and this trail is hands down the most breathtaking display of wildflowers that I have ever seen! The first quarter mile goes through a wooded area before opening into wide meadows, where we hiked through a sea of waist-high wildflowers in every direction. The meadows include abundant displays of mule’s ears, larkspur, columbines, paintbrush (red, purple, and sulfur), lupine, bluebells, cow parsnip, corn lilies, elephantheads, sneezeweed, daisies, fleabane, and more. The first couple miles are easy-moderate dirt single track. The third mile up to the pass summit is extremely strenuous and rocky, but the path is notable for more columbines plus king’s crown, Parry’s primrose, death camas, and other alpine flowers. The sheer quantity and variety of wildflowers in mid-July on this trail is mind-blowing—much better than Trail 403, which we hiked yesterday.. If you want to see wildflowers, this is the trail for you!

off road driving
9 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

I did this in combination with the trail to Maroon Lake making for a 31 mile rt. First and foremost; the wildflowers on this trail are absolutely stunning right now! The views to the south are beautiful and when you add flowers in the mix it only makes it better. Trail is well graded and not too rocky (the exception being the last half a mile up to the pass). Do this trail early during monsoon season as there is limited cover.

This trail is gorgeous at the end of July! So many beautiful wildflowers along the way. The views were breathtaking the entire time. It got a little mushy and wet on the other side of the pass, so we set up camp about a mile after summiting. Better as a short backpacking trip, but can be done as a day trip if you leave early. I did this trip with 5 of my girlfriends as a backpacking trip and we had a blast. Not too difficult, but it did test out mental strength as well as our physical strength. Hiking poles were such a blessing. Also, wear hiking shoes that you don’t mind getting wet as you’ll be crossing streams and walking in snow at times. Layers are also helpful. We parked just outside of the town of Gothic and had to hike a few miles until we got to the trailhead. Such a magical hike with my best friends.

This trail pays! We hiked to the top of the pass in 3 hours. A camel pack and 3 power bars should do it. Get after it!

Hiked it on 11/03/17. Washington Gulch road was muddy and packed snow, but made it to the top ok.
A few inches of snow on the trail most of the way. Impossible to see trail if not for previous person's tracks, which stopped near the end of the forest. Up the ridge, it was entirely uncharted, and the snow drifts sometimes rose as high as 15 inches. Snowshoes would have been helpful, but made it with just microspikes and poles. Almost say it was easier this way than in the summer, since the steep dirt / gravel is actually more slippery. Gorgeous views at the top of course, CB, Whetstone, the Bells, Ruby, Baldy, etc.

Just got back from this! Surprisingly enough, this was the first trail I ever truly hiked. I am very new to hiking and my group set out to attempt the entire Four Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells, but quickly realized as beginners to hiking (and as Detroiters who are not accustomed to elevation) that to complete all four passes was too difficult. Instead, we decided to complete this trail. The trail is mostly up hill and the terrain is very rocky. There are a few streams to pass but since it is September, they were low and manageable. I would rank this as a hard trail - but it is SO rewarding. Loads of wildlife - we saw many Pikas and Marmots. I plan on tackling the whole Four Pass Loop after training long and hard but this trail was an amazing introduction to hiking!!

In spite of a constant descent you really dont appreciate the return trip until you do it. a great hike, poeple very courteous. A bit of high traffic with the SUV and off road vehicles. This was Labor day wknd.

hiking
11 months ago

Did this hike 2 days ago. Beautiful hike. There was 2 high-ish water crossings, but not that difficult. Lot and lots of mud on the Aspen side. CB side only had a few small mud patches. Once we got to the pass and saw the views and all the wildflowers the rain and mud were a distant memory. Definitely worth the hike.

This was an amazing hike. The meadows of wildflowers are the best I've ever seen. The view from the pass is absolutely breathtaking. We hiked with two teenagers from CB to Aspen. The .5 up the pass and the .5 down the pass was nerve racking with children. Harder than I expected but well worth it. I would recommend poles. Lots of mudd and very rocky on the Aspen side.

hiking
11 months ago

I was lucky enough to do this hike on an absolutely beautiful day (7/30) - cool air, breezy, mostly sunny with a few clouds. I honestly can't imagine there being anything more beautiful in the world. The wildflowers just COVERED the fields leading up to Maroon Pass, and you're just surrounded by mountains on all sides. The entire length of the hike was as picturesque as it gets. Most of the hike was fairly easy, with the last mile (especially the last half mile) being pretty strenuous. But the views from Maroon Pass are totally worth the struggle.

Be aware before you set out - As of late July, there was still some snow on CR 317 (Gothic Road), so the road was closed about 3 miles short of the trailhead, just about .4 miles past Gothic Campground. This added about 3 miles to each end of my hike, making it about 14 miles total RT. This included walking up and over Schofield Pass each way. Silver lining - getting to walk by Emerald Lake, thus having more time to take in its beauty.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Gorgeous hike through Maroon Bells wilderness area our and back starting from the Crested Butte side as opposed to the Aspen side. Definitely good idea to have a 4x4 vehicle for the dirt road portion of CR 317 to get to the trailhead. The incline is very low, manageable, and steady through the foothills approaching Bellview mountain in an open valley with gorgeous wildflowers and streams to cross. As you gradually get higher the views get better and better. Switchbacks up through the rocks will take you the last bit up to the pass for spectacular 360 views. We did it on a wet day after it had rained a lot in the early morning but everything was very doable and worth the trek. We passed a few groups here and there but not too busy. Awesome hike!!!

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

on Schofield Pass Trail

Saturday, July 09, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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