Hiking The Yule Pass Trail

The 20th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.

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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. There are usually snowfields across the trail until mid-July. Beyond Yule Pass, the trail descends along Yule Creek down to Marble (7,950 ).

To reach the hiking trailhead at Paradise Divide from Crested Butte, head north on Slate River Road (FS734) for about 11 miles. The road along the river is packed dirt/gravel and well traveled. Just past the Pittsburg townsite, the road narrows and climbs steeply through switchback turns with cliffs on the way up to Paradise Divide. This is not for the faint of heart!

Overall, Yule Pass Trail is the 20th most popular hiking trail of all 66 hikes in Colorado. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Yule Pass Trail including Green Lake Trail, Snodgrass Trail, East / West Maroon Trail Loop, Oh Be Joyful, Copper Lake Trail and Lower Loop Trail System.

Hiking The Yule Pass Trail - Colorado Hiking Trails

Yule Trail north of Crested Butte (CO/US)


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

Article Source:   Hiking The Yule Pass Trail https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HIKE&id=14316

GPS:  38.99045, -107.06523

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  4/3/2018

ID:  14316

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