Crested Butte Trails: Rec Path

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The Crested Butte Rec Path connects the town of Crested Butte to Mt. Crested Butte in a little over 4 miles, and currently ends at Marcellina Lane in Mt. Crested Butte. The path gets steep at the base of Mt. Crested Butte, leading to more challenging hiking and biking. Ride it up get to the base area of the mountain, ride to the Snodgrass trailhead, cruise down to the Slate River, or into town to head to Elk Ave. The Rec Path is beautiful, surrounded by wildflowers in the summer, and accessible for nordic skiing in the winter months.

Highlights:Mountain Views, Wildflowers, Town Transportation
RT Length:4.6 miles
Approx. Time:2 hours
Elevation Gain:428 feet
Max Elevation:9,274 feet
Trailhead Elevation:8,846 feet
Travel Time to TH:5 minutes

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From the town of Crested Butte, head North on Highway 135 (or 6th Street at it’s marked in town) towards Mt. Crested Butte. Turn right onto Gothic Ave. heading East towards Rainbow Park. At the end of Gothic Ave, the street turns left onto 9th Street. Once you turn left onto 9th Street the paved Rec. Path will be visible on the right. Park anywhere along 9th Street. Begin walking North along the Rec. Path towards Mt. Crested Butte. Map

From Mt. Crested Butte, access the Rec. path starting on the sidewalk in front of Treasury Liquors & The Store. Head south on the sidewalk towards the town of Crested Butte. Map


The trail is very obvious, as it is a paved sidewalk from the town of Crested Butte up to Mt. Crested Butte.  You may turn around at any time during this hike to shorten the length. If you’re walking or biking the path from Crested Butte to the base area, you can catch the free Mountain Express town bus back down the mountain, just check the route times on their website to time it right (they have bike racks). Or, take the bus up to the base area and walk the Rec. path back down!


Please be aware of private property along the length of this trail, and keep dogs on leashes at all times, as there is ranch land bordering the path in some areas. There are numerous doggy-bag stations along the trail, please pick up after you dog and dispose of the bags in a trash receptacle to keep the path clean and enjoyable for all who use it. Be aware of bikers on the path, and keep to the correct side of the path when biking or walking so that faster travelers may easily maneuver around you.

Trail Map

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