This hike offers some of the best aspens in the valley giving way to views of the iconic Castles rock formations in the West Elk Wilderness.
|Highlights:||Mountain Views, Aspens|
|RT Length:||3.36 miles RT|
|Approx. Time:||2 hours|
|Elevation Gain:||965 feet|
|Max Elevation:||9,483 feet|
|Trailhead Elevation:||9,022 feet|
|Travel Time to TH:||35 minutes|
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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 6.5 miles to the sign for Ohio Pass on your left. Bear left and stay on the Ohio Pass Road  for 5.2 miles to a the trailhead, which is well marked on your left side along with a parking lot and outhouse.
Starting from the parking lot the trails starts with a short climb  that levels out to a wonderful view of the Ohio Valley. From here enter beautiful aspen forest  and continue for .8 miles until reaching a sign for wilderness boundary. Take the right hand trail  and continue through the aspens until arriving at a small meadow with great views of the Castles.
Most of this trail lies in the West Elk Wilderness. Practice 'leave no trace' principles. Trash and human waste can take decades to decompose in an alpine environment. Pack it in, pack it out with all trash. There is a restroom at the lower parking lot. Try and use it before your hike. More information on how to handle waste in the backcountry can be found here.
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