Hiking The Oh Be Joyful

The 11th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.

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North of Crested Butte, the Oh Be Joyful - Peeler Lakes loop is a 14.7 mile route. The loop combines the popular Oh Be Joyful Trail up to Blue Lake, and then follows the rarely used Daisy Pass Trail (#404) from Blue Lake up and over Star Pass dropping into the Peeler Basin. While Blue Lake is known to be popular with locals for camping (although there is little evidence of camping), for a remote unspoiled campsite, try the lone-rarely used site at Lower Peeler Lake. The route to and through Peeler Basin is rarely hiked and the route up to Lower Peeler Lake is difficult to find (i.e. bushwack).

The trailhead is at the Oh Be Joyful Campground on Slate River Road. Start by hiking west up Oh Be Joyful towards Blue Lake. You will see a lot of other hikers on the way to the lake. About 0.25 miles before Blue Lake, there will be an small, unsigned trail meandering off one of the switchbacks heading east towards Star Pass (the low saddle in the ridge to the west). Trek through open wildflower meadows following rock cairns on the way to the final ascent over the pass. Its quite steep and loose. The pass (by GPS) is actually 11,900 feet (as compared to topos which show it as 11,700 feet). Across the pass, the trail descends into Peeler Basin. Again, the trail disappears in meadows so follow the rock cairns. As the trail levels out in the basin, it enters dense pine forest so none of the Peeler lakes are visible from the trail. A GPS is pretty much required to find the lakes, so set a waypoint ahead of time.

Overall, Oh Be Joyful is the 11th most popular hiking trail of all 66 hikes in Colorado. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Oh Be Joyful including Green Lake Trail, Snodgrass Trail, East / West Maroon Trail Loop, Yule Pass Trail, Copper Lake Trail and Lower Loop Trail System.

Hiking The Oh Be Joyful - Colorado Hiking Trails

Oh-Be-Joyful Valley in Gunnison NF (CO/US)

Hiking The Oh Be Joyful - Colorado Hiking Trails

Oh-Be-Joyful Valley in Gunnison NF (CO/US)

Oh Be Joyful 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:  Jul. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

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 Oh Be Joyful https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HIKE&id=15677

GPS:  38.91293, -107.03312

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  3/31/2018

ID:  15677

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