Crested Butte Trails: Three Lakes Loop via Lost Lake

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A popular destination for fishing and camping, the three lakes of East Beckwith Mountain are also a great choice for hiking. In addition to placid mountain waters, this trail includes a couple of fantastic viewpoints of the Ruby Range and Marcellina Mountain, along with golden aspen color in the fall. There is a $6 parking fee at the lake, however free parking is still available just before the entrance.

Highlights:Aspen, Lakes, Mountain Views
Length:2.8 miles
Approx. Time:1.5 hours
Elevation Gain:578 feet
Max Elevation:9,981 feet
Trailhead Elevation:9,612 feet
Travel Time to TH:45 minutes
Parking$6 at lake, free spots before entrance

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From the Town of Crested Butte: Take Whiterock Ave west out of town as it turns into Kebler Pass Road. Drive over Kebler Pass for a total of 16.2 miles to a signed turnoff for Lost Lake. Turn left and drive another 2.2 miles to a parking lot on the left for Beckwith Pass Horse Parking.  There is also additional parking at the lake to the right. The trailhead is just left of the entrance on the lake shore next to the parking area for fishing access.  Map


The gentle ascent to Lost Lake is a well marked trail [3] through thick forest. Aspen trees start to appear as you get closer to the lake. Reach a signed junction next to the lake (the Lost Lake is just behind/past the sign)[5]. There a plenty of spots around the lake to enjoy the view.  Come back to the signed junction and continue toward The Falls and Dollar Lake.

In 0.1 miles there is a signed turnoff [8] to a nice little waterfall (definitely worth the very short detour). The best viewpoint a little further ahead after returning from the waterfall. Enjoy this grand vista of Ruby Range peaks and Marcellina Mountain [9]Continue on the trail to the next junction [10] and take the short trip to Dollar Lake. The path descends down to the lake [11], which is a great spot to grab a snack and enjoy the view. On the way back, keep an eye out for a fainter trail on the right (before reaching the junction), which leads to another fantastic viewpoint about 50 feet away [13]

Turning right at the main trail junction, the trail will eventually descend down through the forest and around Lost Lake Slough back toward the parking area. Head back toward the campgrounds as the trail eventually turns into road, which you can follow to your vehicle. This loop can be hiked in the opposite direction, for a steeper approach to Dollar Lake.


Trails on this route are not marked well. Take extra care observing trail signs and make sure you know what trail you are on. 


  • Camp where others have camped before or on durable surfaces
  • Pack it in, pack it out
  • Try to to leave the area better than you found it

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