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The Best Backpacking in Gunnison County

Looking for the best backpacking in Gunnison County? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Gunnison County. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Gunnison County

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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  • 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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  • 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

    Backpack Cathedral Lake

    4.7
    5.6 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Cathedral Lake offers an excellent alternative to escape the crowds that swarm the Maroon Bells area, especially in the peak autumn season. The drive along Castle Creek Rd towards the abandoned ski town Ashcroft is lined with aspens showing off their golden hues. Parking at the trailhead is plent...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Cathedral Lake Trail

    5.34 mi / 2080 ft gain
    Cathedral Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Aspen, Colorado.
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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

    Crater Lake and Maroon Creek to East Fork

    10.26 mi / 3015 ft gain
    Crater Lake and Maroon Creek to East Fork is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Crater Lake via Maroon-Snowmass Trail

    4.6
    3.77 mi / 722 ft gain
    The crater lake trail begins at Maroon Lake and quickly breaks off from the scenic trail at .3 miles. Be sure to follow the signs to crater lake, which will be heading higher into the valley. The trail passes through a beautiful Aspen grove most of the way with wonderful views of 14ers, the Maroo...
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