Hiking

Featured Hikes

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Be prepared for a hike in the high country with sturdy closed-toe shoes, layers, a hat, sunscreen and water! Remember to stay on designated trails and roads, and always pack out waste. 

Hikes Accessible from the Silver Queen Express Lift:

Hike To The Peak

Ride to the top of the Silver Queen Express and venture to the summit of the famed Mount Crested Butte on this moderately difficult hike. The Peak of Mt. Crested Butte is 12,162 feet. From the top of the Silver Queen Express, it’s a 2 mile round-trip hike but hikers can expect a rather strenuous climb, navigating rocks and gaining over 1,200 feet in elevation. Soak in the views of the Gunnison Valley, the East River, Elk Mountains, San Juans, and the Raggeds Wilderness all the way to the Maroon Bells from the summit of Mt. Crested Butte. This two to three hour experience will be worth the hike, with some assistance from the Silver Queen lift of course. 

Hike To The High Lift and Picnic Shelter

Take the Silver Queen lift up the mountain and adventure through the beginning portion of the peak trail through a high alpine interpretive walk identifying flora and fauna. The High Lift will be on the left hand side just a short ways up and provides a great location to take pictures. Remember to stay on designated trails! Continue along the Peak trail just beyond the middle station of the High Lift and you will come to a picnic shelter. You guessed it, the perfect location for a snack (also keep in mind as a retreat from inclement weather). 

Hike To The Monument Overlook

After taking in the views from the scenic chairlift ride to the top of the Silver Queen Express, take a short walk down the service road to the Monument access trail on the left hand side. This moderately rugged trail rewards you with excellent views from a very unique location. 

 

Hikes Accessible from the Base Area:

Hike To Umbrella Bar*

From the base area, hikers are encouraged to follow the Up and Away trail until the intersection with the Columbine trail to the Painter Boy trail.

*Please note, Umbrella Bar is closed for the season.

 

 

Full Day Adventures:
 
Hike To Aspen

This all-day experience is one not to be missed. Enjoy our pristine wilderness while you make the journey over an epic mountain pass to Aspen. Wildflowers, marmots and porcupines were seen on the beautiful West Maroon Trail connecting Crested Butte to Aspen. This beautiful hike, though rather strenuous, is one of the most amazing hikes one can embark on in the Gunnison Valley.

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