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The Best Backpacking in Crested Butte

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Top backpacking spots in and near Crested Butte

  • Crested Butte, Colorado

    Lupine, Gunsight Connection and Lower Loop Trail

    12.86 mi / 1453 ft gain
    Lupine, Gunsight Connection and Lower Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Crested Butte, Colorado.
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  • Crested Butte, Colorado

    Backpack Copper Creek to Conundrum Hot Springs

    22.5 mi / 4000 ft gain
    Please Note: Conundrum Springs camping requires an overnight permit. You must get a permit in order to camp at the springs.  If you're looking for an incredibly challenging hike, Copper Creek to Triangle Pass to Conundrum Springs is the hike for you! When you plug in "Conundrum Springs" into your...
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  • Gunnison, Colorado

    Swampy to Beckwith Pass to Lost Lake Slough

    11.41 mi / 2096 ft gain
    Swampy to Beckwith Pass to Lost Lake Slough is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Somerset, Colorado.
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  • Crested Butte, Colorado

    Washington Gulch Trail

    7.59 mi / 2146 ft gain
    Washington Gulch Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Crested Butte, Colorado.
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  • Crested Butte, Colorado

    Hike Rustler's Gulch

    5.0
    9 mi / 1748 ft gain
    From Crested Butte, continue 6 miles past the town of Gothic to Rustler's Gulch Road. Turn right on the road, cross the East River to get to a small parking area near the river. If you don't have 4WD, park here and hike another 1/2 mile to the trailhead. It's a pretty steep hike. If you do have 4...
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  • Somerset, Colorado

    Beckwith Bench Trail

    12.18 mi / 2605 ft gain
    Beckwith Bench Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Somerset, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Backpack to Copper Lake

    10 mi
    Looking for a wildflower hike, we decided on Copper Lake in the Maroon Bells Wilderness as a place to base camp for 4 nights. It is 5 miles from the Trailhead, which is off Gothic Road above Crested Butte (2WD Accessible).Copper Lake is this beautiful alpine lake, situated right at treeline, with...
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  • Carbondale, Colorado

    Crested Butte to Aspen via West Maroon Pass

    10.23 mi / 2185 ft gain
    Crested Butte to Aspen via West Maroon Pass is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Crested Butte, Colorado.
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  • Carbondale, Colorado

    West Maroon Bells Pass

    7.86 mi / 2021 ft gain
    West Maroon Bells Pass is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Crested Butte, Colorado.
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  • Carbondale, Colorado

    Hasley Basin Trail

    11.77 mi / 3406 ft gain
    Hasley Basin Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Crested Butte, Colorado.
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  • Gunnison, Colorado

    Mill Castle Trail to Lowline Trail Loop

    22.92 mi / 5436 ft gain
    Mill Castle Trail to Lowline Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Almont, Colorado.
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  • Gunnison, Colorado

    Mill-Castle Trail

    25.95 mi / 6657 ft gain
    Mill-Castle Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Gunnison, Colorado.
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  • Gunnison County, Colorado

    Bear Creek to Deadmans Gulch, Doubletop, Brush Creek, and Red Ridge Loop

    57.31 mi / 9754 ft gain
    Bear Creek to Deadmans Gulch, Doubletop, Brush Creek, and Red Ridge Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Almont, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Pearl Pass

    21.7 mi / 3392 ft gain
    Pearl Pass is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Carbondale, Colorado

    Snowmass Lake via North Fork Crystal River

    13.83 mi / 4163 ft gain
    Snowmass Lake via North Fork Crystal River is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Carbondale, Colorado.
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  • Carbondale, Colorado

    Backpack the Lead King Basin Trail

    4.5 mi / 2000 ft gain
    We began our hike at the beginning of the afternoon after about two-three hours driving up the 14 mile road. The first mile of the trail was mild, turning into an uphill adventure. Lots of switchbacks, winding paths, and some tree coverage. By mile 2, we were on a steep grade the rest of the way....
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