Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Dallas, TX. / Crested Butte, CO.
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Re: Crested Butte 4-wheeling Trail
There are numerous trails in close proximity to Crested Butte, only a few of which are really challenging, and there are generally several options on how to get to many of the trails. The trail in the video is the one that goes from Crested Butte over Schofield Pass, through Crystal to Marble. The section shown in the video is referred to as the Punch Bowl. We usually do it by going over Kebler Pass from Crested Butte to where it intersects the highway (133), then over McClure Pass to the turnoff to Marble. From there we head east past the turnoff to Crystal to Lead King Basin, which is truly spectacular. The trail makes a loop back to the Schofield/Crystal trail. We generally head back to Crystal before we head to Crested Butte so everyone can see the Crystal Mill. We then backtrack and go up through the Punch Bowl to Schofield Pass, then back to CB (either through Gothic to Mt. Crested Butte or through Paradise Basin and Paradise Divide). The BBQ place in Marble is a great place to eat. There are any number of other trails in the area. Pearl Pass & Taylor Pass are always fun (Pearl is closed on the Aspen side this year). The loop is considerably easier if done clockwise. The Pine Creek Cookhouse is a fabulous place to eat if you do the loop. It's just north of where Pearl hits the Ashcroft highway and in between the turnoffs to Pearl and Taylor off of the same highway. Cement Creek/Reno Divide/Italian Creek (either Upper or Lower)/Flag Mountain to the Taylor Road is another fun one. Upper Italian is reasonably challenging and usually gets everyone's attention if you take that option. Tincup Pass from Tincup (close to the Taylor Reservoir) to St. Elmo is another fun trail. From St. Elmo we take Hanc*ck Pass back to Pitkin. There are 2 very challenging options off of Hanc*ck. The Grizzly Lake trail and Iron Chest. Both are out and back trails. Once you get to the end of Hanc*ck you can take a left to Pitkin or a right, which will put you on the Cumberland Pass trail. Close to the top of Cumberland you can take a right and hit Napoleon Pass, which eventually hits the Cumberland Pass trail again just before you get back to Tincup. Between St. Elmo and Highway 285 (the intersection of that road and 285 is south of Buena Vista) you can do the Mt. Antero trail. The trail system up there is the highest trail system in the US. There's nothing really challenging about it but the views are fabulous. There are numerous other trail options but these are some of the 'must do' options.
Last edited by Jim_D; 09-18-2019 at 03:24 PM.