Crested Butte Fall Colors: 6 Unforgettable Hikes

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Fall in the high country is punctuated by vibrant golden color and cool, crisp weather. This presents the perfect opportunity to explore Crested Butte’s numerous aspen-lined trails. Colors tend to peak toward the end of September and beginning of October. Since this window is so short, we’ve provided a list of some of the best hikes to fully enjoy the season. All of our trails are mobile-friendly! Click through to the trail guides on your phone, take screenshots (since you probably won’t have cell service), and get out there!

Don’t miss the Crested Butte Film Festival happening at the peak of these fall colors Sept. 27 – 30th.

Beaver Ponds via Ohio Pass

Difficulty: Easy
Roundtrip: 1.1 miles
Approx Time: 1 hour
Location: Ohio Pass

A short, but rewarding hike takes you through dense aspen forest up to the Beaver Ponds. The nearby Anthracite Range can be reflected in the ponds on a calm day. A scenic drive via Ohio Pass is also part of the experience and where you can spot the Castles off in the distance.

For the full trail guide: CLICK HERE

Tony’s Trail to Upper Upper Viewpoint

Difficulty: Easy
Roundtrip: 2.8 miles
Approx Time: 1.5 hours
Location: Near Town

Hike this trail straight from your front door in town. It’s accessible from the east side of Crested Butte and connects to awesome aspen-filled trails that hug the mountain. This is also a great choice if you don’t have access to a vehicle.

For the full trail guide: CLICK HERE

Snodgrass Mountain

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Roundtrip: 2-4 miles
Approx Time: 2 hours
Location: Near Town

Just across from Mt. Crested Butte lies Snodgrass. Tall and dense aspen groves line the base, making it a great choice for a quick out and back hike (no need to summit). Turn around 1 – 2 miles in, where some of the best scenery can be found. Be sure to keep off the closed portion, which traverses around the mountain and down into Washington Gulch (Snodgrass Trail).

For the full trail guide: CLICK HERE

3 Lakes Loop

Difficulty: Easy
Roundtrip: 2.8 miles
Approx Time: 1.5 hours
Location: Kebler Pass

No fall hiking guide would be complete without a trip to Kebler Pass. It’s home to the largest aspen forest in the state. The 3 Lakes Loop is one of our favorite Kebler trails for leaf peeping. It offers great treks through aspen groves with the pinnacle showcasing a wide swath of the entire valley. The loop is perfect for a short hike with lake access.

For the full trail guide: CLICK HERE

Woods Walk

Difficulty: Easy
Roundtrip: 2.8 miles
Approx Time: 1.5 hours
Location: Town

A short hike from town, this is one of our easiest trails. Even though it’s close to town, there is a beautiful view up valley towards Paradise Divide and a great look at Mt. Crested Butte.

For the full trail guide: CLICK HERE

Deer Creek Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Roundtrip: 6.9 miles (out & back)
Approx Time: 3.5 hours
Location: Gothic Valley

Expansive mountain views and numerous aspen groves make this another great choice for fall. Some of the best views of Gothic Mountain and Crested Butte Mountain Resort can be seen from various points on this trail.

For the full trail guide: CLICK HERE

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Featured Event

CB Film Festival

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Over 100 films at multiple venues
Sept 27th – 30th


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This four-day celebration includes award-winning shorts, documentaries, and narrative features is September 27 – 30. Crested Butte Film Festival is all about inspiring and educating audiences through film and discussions that spark creativity, cultural awareness, and social and environmental change.