Located in Colorado, the hiking in Crested Butte offers more than a half-dozen beautiful hikes and backpacking trails. The best Crested Butte hiking based on popularity are considered to be Oh Be Joyful, Green Lake Trail, East / West Maroon Trail Loop, Snodgrass Trail, and Yule Pass Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Crested Butte hiking trail below.
North of Crested Butte, the Yule Trail is an 11 mile route across rugged high alpine ridges over Yule Pass and down to the Marble townsite. The loose scree trail starts from Paradise Divide at 11,200 feet on the shoulder of Cinnamon Mountain and winds up to Yule Pass (11,800) on a very narrow rocky trail with steep dropoffs. The vista to the south is amazing of Purple Mountain, Augusta Mountain and Mineral Point.
North of Crested Butte and Gothic, the Copper Lake Trail is a breathtaking trail along Copper Creek in the Maroon Bells Wilderness boundary. The trail ends at the scenic Copper Lake under the shadow of Whiterock Mountain to the south. The lake has 8 designated campsites, first-come, first-serve (no campfires permitted).