Crested Butte Trails: Judd Falls

In Hiking guide by Josh Futterman

Close to Crested Butte, the trail to Judd Falls is a popular choice for visitors with its mellow profile and short distance. It offers great views of Gothic Mountain along with wildflowers and a waterfall destination. If you need some gear, local-knowledge or just some friendly faces to chat with, swing into Chopwood Mercantile on Elk Ave, and checkout their Instagram to get inspired to live your passion.

Highlights:Aspen, Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Difficulty:Easy, Rocky Trail
Length:1 mile
Approx. Time:45 minutes
Elevation Gain:166 feet
Max Elevation:9,882 feet
Trailhead Elevation:9,824 feet
Travel Time to TH:30 minutes

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From the Town of Crested Butte: Take Gothic Road (135) north past Mt. Crested Butte. Bear right past the Snodgrass Trailhead parking lot and descend into the East River Valley for a total of 8.45 miles just past the town of Gothic [1]. Park at the signed Copper Creek lot on the right side [2]. There is an upper parking lot area accessible by SUV another .5 miles up the trail.  Map


If you start from the lower parking lot, be sure to add another mile roundtrip to your plans. The signed trail [3] starts out on a wide dirt road as you make your way through some aspen forest. The next signed section [5] puts you on some more narrow and rocky terrain.

Toward the end is where you’ll want to stay on the main trail to avoid confusion [9]. The trail comes to a wide dirt path junction at the end. Take a right at the junction and the waterfall viewing spot is just ahead by the stone bench [10]. From the bench there are steep options to hike down for different viewing opportunities.

Turnaround and head back the way you came [12] or continue up the wide dirt road toward Copper Creek and Copper Lake.


The trail is a bit loose and rocky toward the end. This trail is one of the most popular during summer. Please respect the signed Rocky Mountain Biological Lab testing sites. 12,631 foot Gothic Mountain looms across the road the whole time.

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Trail Map

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