Crested Butte Nordic Trails: Pooch’s Paradise

In Nordic Guide, Snow Shoe Guide by Eric Phillips

Pooch’s Paradise is by far the longest dog friendly nordic trail. Starting from the town of Crested Butte the trail continues past Peanut Lake to Magic Meadows and Mikes Mile.


Highlights:mountain views, close to town, dog friendly
Activities:nordic ski with trail pass
Difficulty:green
Length:1.9 miles (3k)
Approx. Time:45 minutes
Elevation Gain:100 ft
Trailhead Elevation:8,900 feet
Travel Time to TH:1 minute from town
Snow Machine Traffic:none
Dog Friendly:yes with dog pass
Groomed:yes

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Directions

Via Car: There are 3 trailheads. From Elk Ave head west towards the end of Elk. Take a right on 1st street and follow all the way down to the end; Butte Ave/Peanut Lake Road. The first trailhead is 1/4 mile to the right at the end of the road on the left. Map  The other 2 trailheads are to the left down  Follow the road for a 1/2 mile around the corner to a parking lot on the right. Map It can also be accessed by a second parking area 1/4 mile further on the right. Map


Route

Starting from Butte Ave trailhead, follow the nordic track at it wraps its way around the outskirts of CB and makes it way towards peanut lake. Pass the second parking are as you wind across meadows along the banks of the Slate River. Eventually you will come to a junction of Pooch’s Paradise and Beaver Trail. Both of these trails wrap around Peanut Lake, are dog friendly,  and reconnect at Pooch’s on the far side of the lake.  From the far side of Peanut follow signs for Pooch’s. If you’re skiing with your dog make sure to stay on the dog friendly trail, helpful signs along the way will point this out. Follow Pooch’s all the way to the end and you will find Mikes Mile. You can turn around here or continue on Mikes for extra riding. For a shorter loop park at the 2nd peanut lake trailhead and lap peanut lake!



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This is a dog friendly trail but Dog Passes are Required. These can be purchased at the CB Nordic Center. Please keep our trails clean and pick up after your furry friend.

Trail Map