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    Top Spots in and near Crested Butte

    • Aspen, Colorado

      Hike Lost Man Loop

      5.0
      8.8 mi / 1290 ft gain
      This 8.8 mile "loop" is not a true loop and the trail ends 4 miles apart along Independence Pass, so a car shuttle is recommended. I would recommend starting at the west trailhead (closer to Aspen) but will describe both trailheads so you can set up another car or shuttle at the other one.1) West...
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    • Independence, Ohio

      Hike Mountain Boy Ridge from the Top of Independence Pass

      5.0
      6 mi
      The trailhead is to the Independence Pass viewing deck is located at the Summit parking area, which is about 20 miles from Aspen and 24 miles west of Highway 24 on the Leadville side. At the parking area you will notice a paved walkway that takes you to the viewdeck, which is a easy five minute w...
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    • Independence, Ohio

      Hike Lost Man Pass via Independence Lake

      5.0
      4.5 mi / 1200 ft gain
      Park at the pull out just west of independence pass. From there, begin on the Linkin's Lake Trail. The trail is generally easy to follow (although it can be muddy as it is a wet area) and climbs 900 feet in the 1.8 miles to independence lake. From Independence lake it is about 0.5 miles and 400 f...
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    • Independence, Ohio

      Watch the Sunset from Independence Pass

      1.0
      Start in the town of either Aspen or Twin Lakes and continue on Interstate 82 to the top of Independence Pass. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for the Ghost Town of Independence, fields of wildflowers and the occasional moose, elk or deer. Continue on to the top of the pass where you will fi...
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    • Independence, Ohio

      Photograph the Milky Way on Independence Pass

      From Aspen CO, drive up highway 82 towards Twin Lakes and stop at the top of the pass.Once you reach the continental divide there will be a sign that says Independence Pass with an elevation of 12,095 feet. Here you can park the car for free and use the bathroom area.To photograph the milky way y...
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    • Independence, Ohio

      Photograph Fall Colors Along Independence Pass and Twin Lakes, CO

      5.0
      While this is a more of a photography adventure and a fall drive to take through Colorado, there are also many areas to hike along the way. The drive can start from really anywhere in the general area. From the front range area of Colorado, head up I70 and get off toward Twin Lakes around Copper....
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    • Independence, Ohio

      Drive Independence Pass

      5.0
      32 mi
      Whether you are driving or biking, the elevation gain is significant, it's over 4,000 ft. The road is fairly narrow so being cautious is important. The highway itself is seasonal; it's closed for winter due to icy conditions. We stopped along the Grotto trailhead to hike around and get some views...
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    • Carbondale, Colorado

      Relax at Penny Hot Springs

      4.0
      This 20-foot pool is surrounded by beautiful peaks, and is only a short distance from the parking area. Keep in mind this spot is popular on the weekends.
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    • Pitkin County, Colorado

      Sunset Hike to Twining Peak

      4 mi / 1700 ft gain
      Twining Peak is a ranked 13er located 2 miles north of Independence Pass. The hike involves around 1700 feet of elevation and is mostly off-trail with some class 2 scrambling (class 3 can be had if you look hard enough). Independence Pass is a prominent and popular pass on Highway 82 between Twin...
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    • Buena Vista, Colorado

      Hike Huron Peak

      5.0
      6.5 mi
      If you have a 4WD vehicle, drive 2 miles from Winfield along a dirt road to the trailhead. If you don't have a suitable vehicle, you can park before the road gets rough and hike the rest of the road to the trailhead.Starting at 10560 feet of elevation, this 6.5 mile roundtrip hike begins its 3500...
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    • Buena Vista, Colorado

      Summit La Plata Peak

      5.0
      9.25 mi / 4500 ft gain
      The Northwest Ridge is the most easily accessible and popular route, and for good reasons. The trailhead is on the side of Hwy 82, otherwise known as Independence Pass, about 14.5 miles from the Hwy 24 junction, or about 10 miles from Twin Lakes to the east. The trailhead is hard to miss, and you...
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    • Buena Vista, Colorado

      Summit Mount Huron

      6 mi / 3500 ft gain
      There are some dispersed campsites along side the 4x4 road that leads to the trailhead. Ideally you can sleep here to get an early start to your hike in the morning, to avoid the afternoon storms that frequent the mountains. The 4x4 is rough in spots, though my Subaru Outback did make the trek un...
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    • Basalt, Colorado

      Camp at Thomas Lake and Summit Mt. Sopris

      5.0
      13 mi / 4400 ft gain
      With the Elk Mountain range behind it, It appears to be standing by itself, and has the resemblance of a grand volcano.From Hwy 133 out of Carbondale, turn down Prince Creek Road and drive 6 miles to the trailhead. The trail is a nice mixture of meadows and woods, with excellent views of the vall...
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    • Basalt, Colorado

      Hike Hay Park

      Head south out of Carbondale on Highway 133. Two miles from the Main Street roundabout, take a left on Prince Creek Road. Follow this road up to Dinkle Divide and follow the signs to Dinkle Lake. Continue up the road until you see a large, fenced in parking area with a toilet on the left. This is...
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    • Parlin, Colorado

      Roosevelt Mine

      5.0
      1.5 mi
      Abandoned in 1919, Roosevelt Mine is a lost treasure of Gunnison County, Colorado. Exactly three miles outside the tiny town of Ohio City is the unmarked trailhead on the side of a road pull off for Roosevelt the mine. The trail is otherwise well established and easy to follow. The trail is a lit...
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    • Gunnison, Colorado

      Hike the Dillon Pinnacles Trail

      4 mi / 300 ft gain
      The Dillon Pinnacles are a geologic phenomenon of southern Colorado. Volcanic eruptions formed the breccia rock into towering spires above the Sapinero Basin of Blue Mesa Reservoir. This packed dirt trail starts at about 7500 feet and climbs to a max elevation of 7800 feet. The four mile out-and-...
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