Crested Butte Hikes: Teocalli Mountain

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Teocalli Mountain, named after the Aztec word teocalli, meaning sacrificial mound built in a pyramidal form is one of the most iconic peaks in Crested Butte. This unique peak offers a challenging hike and great views into the heart of the Elk Mountains. 

Highlights:Mountain Views, Wildflowers
RT Length:11.1 miles RT
Approx. Time:6-8 hours
Elevation Gain:3,137 feet
Max Elevation:13,208 feet
Trailhead Elevation:10,071 feet
Travel Time to TH:20 minutes

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From Crested Butte, Take route 135 south 2 miles and make a left onto County Road 738 (Brush Creek Road). Continue: 5.3 miles to the West Brush Creek/Pearl Pass Junction. You can make a left onto West Brush Creek road [1] and travel another 5 miles to the Teocalli Mountain trailhead if you have 4WD and clearance. Passenger cars are not suitable for the road.


Starting at the end of West Brush Creek road find the marked trail [2] and begin your climb. The trail climbs steadily as it traverses across the hillside towards teocalli ridge. At the top of the ridge come to a junction with the Teocalli Ridge Trail [3] , head left and continue climbing up the ridge. The trail soon opens up to  a steep grassy slope dotted with wildflowers[4]. Follow the trail  marked with rocks [5] as it weaves its way up the rocky ridge givings of castle and conundrum peaks [6]. During late summer wildflowers [7] [8] can still be found on the upper sections of trail. The ridge narrows before one last climb over talus [9] to the summit. Enjoy great views [10] [11] into the heart of the elk mountains from the top. Head back down the way you came. 


For longer hikes it's a good idea to carry a few extra things in your pack. Make sure to bring extra food and water, rain gear, a map or GPS, sun protection, and a flashlight in case your hike goes late. More information on what to pack can be found here.


Most of this trail lies in the Maroon Bells 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 on the drive in at Brush Creek Trail. 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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