Crested Butte Colorado 65 Scenic Day Hikes

CBFrontCover_Spine_2ndEd_Web_Crested Butte is a hiker’s paradise. 

There are so many premier hiking trails, one could not hike them all in a year. The special beauty of Crested Butte is reflected in these trails that wind through seasonal wildflowers and the largest contiguous aspen forest in the country.

These trails are moderate by Colorado standards. The vistas are grand, expansive, and frequently instant.

There are plenty of options ranging from easy to strenuous, short to long, however, this book is all about day hiking. We like to sleep in our bed at night too! Full color book/Scenic Ratings/Difficulty/Ratings/Trail Maps/Elevation Profiles/GPS Data/Hundreds of Photos

65 hikes with 93 options total/251 pages/$27.95


The town of Crested Butte is a charming, restored, National Historic mining town. There are festivals all summer long, and a superb ski mountain for winter activity.

Public lands surround the town and offer endless camping opportunities.

Removed from the hustle and bustle of modern stress, Crested Butte is a hiking destination built of dreams.

Hiking Crested Butte Colorado
Hiking Crested Butte Colorado
Hiking Crested Butte Colorado

We divided the Crested Butte book into five areas:  Near town, Gothic Valley, Washington Gulch, Slate River Valley and Kebler Pass.

Each area is different from the others in scenery, yet all are close to Crested Butte town.

The access roads vary from paved to dirt. Only a few require 4×4 vehicles. We tell you which.


Hiking Crested Butte Colorado-All Trails Map
Hiking Crested Butte Colorado

This is a favorite hike of ours in early season. 

The wildflowers bloom here in mid  to late  June, long before the flowers at higher elevations.

Brush Creek Trail is south of town tucked away behind Mount Crested Butte. 

The access is very easy on paved and good quality gravel road. 

Scarp Ridge is accessed by Kebler Pass. 

There are four incredible hikes from the Lake Irwin area. Scarp Ridge West is one of them.

Up until we published our book, information about hiking the Scarp Ridge area was difficult to find.

Hiking Crested Butte Colorado
Hiking Crested Butte Colorado

Crested Butte is famous for spectacular fall aspen color.  Photographers come from all over the world to drive Kebler Pass Road. Year after year, we have photographed peak fall color from September 27 to the end of the month. There are numerous hikes off Kebler Pass Road for viewing and photographing. Beckwith Pass via Cliff Creek Trail is one of them.

Hiking Crested Butte Colorado
Hiking Crested Butte Colorado
Hiking Crested Butte Colorado-West Maroon Trail
Hiking Crested Butte-Gothic Valley

Gothic Valley is Crested Butte’s valley of flowers. 

From mid-July through mid-August, the entire valley blooms. These are high elevation hikes with spectacular views as well as flowers. That’s an unbeatable combination.  

Here’s what buyers have to say about our book

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series of Guidebooks, August 5, 2013

This review is from: Crested Butte Colorado: 65 Scenic Day Hikes (Paperback) I recently purchased this guidebook by Anne & Mike Poe as well as their Utah Parks guidebook. I just did my first hike using this book and the book information was precise, helpful, and easy to understand. From the directions to get to the trailhead to the suggestions for short trips to overlooks along the way, it was an invaluable tool. For novices looking to explore a new area, or for seasoned hikers looking to expand their hikes, this is the book you want to have. Thoughtfully laid out, I particularly like the way it breaks down the hikes into geographical areas with a map showing all of the trails in that area. A funny thing happened as I was doing this hike was that I ran into a family on this hike who were walking along with their copy of this book in their hand as they went. I will be doing much more hiking in these areas because of this book. Great guidebook! There are more reviews to read under Book Reviews. If you have our books, why not share your opinion and help others decide.

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