Hiking The Snodgrass Trail

The 21st most popular hiking trail in Colorado.

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North of Crested Butte, the 3 mile Snodgrass Trail is a local favorite. It has scenic views of Mt. Crested Butte and has plenty of wildflowers in May and June. Most of the locals start this ride in town and ride up the eastern hiking trailhead, then ride east to west and end up on Washington Gulch Road. This results in about 8 miles of road added to the 3 miles of trail for about a 1.5 hour ride with about 600 feet of vertical climbing.

To reach the eastern trailhead from town at the 4-Way, head north on SR135 (aka 6th Street) up the mountain into Mount Crested Butte. Continue north on SR135 (aka Gothic Road) past the ski area for another mile. Just past Fantasy Ranch stables, there is a signed trailhead on the left (west) side of the road.

Note: Since this trail crosses some private property, it is subject to seasonal closures for cattle grazing. The current status is posted at the trailheads.

Note: This mountain has been proposed for ski area expansion which would dramatically affect the trail system. Please voice your opinions on the loss of these trails to the Gunnison National Forest Supervisor.

Overall, Snodgrass Trail is the 21st most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Snodgrass Trail including Deer Creek, Green Lake Trail, East / West Maroon Trail Loop, Oh Be Joyful - Peeler Lakes, Yule Pass Trail and Copper Lake TrailLower Loop Trail System.

Snodgrass Trail in Gunnison NF (CO/US)

Snodgrass Trail in Gunnison NF (CO/US)

Snodgrass Trail in Gunnison NF (CO/US)

Snodgrass Trail in Gunnison NF (CO/US)

Snodgrass 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:  "100 Classic Hikes Colorado" from Scott Warren

Best Season:  May - Jul.

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:  38.9191, -106.96

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  4/5/2018

ID:  12881

Snodgrass Trail Hiking Map


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