Crested Butte Trails: Woods Walk

In Hiking guide by Cayla Vidmar

Being the closest to town and one of the easiest trails in the area, Woods Walk is a great choice for those wanting to dip their toe into the water of Crested Butte hikes. Even though it’s really only a short walk, there are great views and natural scenery to enjoy. Wildflowers bloom here in the summer and aspens turn golden in the fall. 

Highlights:Wildflowers, Aspen
Difficulty:Easy
RT Length:2.8 miles
Approx. Time:1.5 hours
Elevation Gain:213 feet
Max Elevation:9,045 feet
Trailhead Elevation:9,042 feet
Travel Time to TH:5 minutes

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Directions

From the Town of Crested Butte: Take Whiterock Ave. west through town as it turns into Kebler Pass Road. Follow the road 0.2 miles from town to the trailhead parking on the left side of the road (opposite side of TH). This is between Treasury Road and Trappers Way: Map

Route

There are many detours and junctions along the route, but most will lead you to the same end point and back onto the main trail. Staying to the left at most junctions will offer the higher trail and some slightly better views of the valley. The first quarter mile starts through an aspen grove and then opens up to reveal a grand vista of Peanut lake, Gothic Mountain, and Mount Crested Butte. Follow the trail down into the valley with aspen groves off to your left side. When you get to the end, you can continue down to the Lower Loop Trail, or bear left onto the Bud Trail, which connects to the Upper Lower Loop. Both ways take you further up the Slate River Valley. Feel free to turn around at any point.

Notes

You’ll most likely see a few mountain bikers on this trail. This is a dog friendly trail and the terrain also makes this a great choice for a run, jog, easy bike ride, and snowshoe in the winter.

Trail Map & Profile

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