Hiking The Green Lake Trail

The 11th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.

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Starting from the southwest side of Crested Butte, the Green Lake Trail (#566) climbs a jeep trail and then game trail over the five miles to Green Lake. From the lake, return the same way, or head back via the Wildcat Trail. An adventurous hiking loop would be to continue south on the GLT to the Baxter Gulch Trail; either way on the BGT eventually leads to town.

Overall, Green Lake Trail is the 11th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Green Lake Trail including Deer Creek, Snodgrass Trail, East / West Maroon Trail Loop, Oh Be Joyful - Peeler Lakes, Yule Pass Trail and Copper Lake TrailLower Loop Trail System.

Green Lake Trail near Crested Butte (CO/US)

Green Lake Trail near Crested Butte (CO/US)

Green Lake Trail near Crested Butte (CO/US)

Green Lake Trail near Crested Butte (CO/US)

Green Lake Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  GNF (970) 641-0471; Crested Butte Visitors (800) 545-4505; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Dollys Trail Shuttle (970) 349-2620; Alpine Meadows Hiking Guides (970) 349-0800.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Colorado" from Maryann Gaug

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Pioneer Cabins (970) 349-5517; Oh-Be-Joyful Campground; CB RV Resort (970) 349-6160

Luxury Loding:  Scarp Ridge Lodge, Crested Butte (866) 479-4677; Elk Mountain Lodge, Crested Butte (970) 349-7533

Breakfast Restaurant:  Izzys Cafe; First Ascent Coffee Roasters

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/gmug

GPS:  38.8676, -106.9878

Date Published:  1/2/2016

Date Updated:  4/6/2018

ID:  10972

Green Lake Trail Hiking Map


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