Crested Butte Winter Trails: Recreation Path

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The Crested Butte Rec Path connects the town of Crested Butte to Mt. Crested Butte. In the winter months the path is not groomed all the way to Mt. Crested Butte.The path gets steep at the base of Mt. Crested Butte, leading to more challenging skiing and biking. The Rec Path is beautiful and accessible for nordic skiing and fat biking in the winter months.

Highlights:epic views, close to town, fun decent
Activities:fat bike, nordic ski,
Approx. Time:1 hour
Elevation Gain:450 feet
Trailhead Elevation:8900 feet
Travel Time to TH:2 minutes from town
Snow Machine Traffic:none
Dog Friendly:pass and leash required

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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 groomed 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


In the winter months the Rec Path is used primarily as access to some of the CB Nordic Center's paid trails. They groom the path almost all the way to up to where where it crosses Gothic Rd. From 9th street jump on the trail and cross the bridge. The trail heads up the summer Rec Path for 2.2 miles before a groomed turnaround. If you are Fat Biking you may continue on the last .2 miles on user compacted trail to Gothic Rd and the plowed sidewalk will take you the rest of the way to the base area. You may turn around at any time during this ride to shorten the length. This trail is groomed courtesy of the CB Nordic Center, please don't ride in the nordic track and share the trail with other users. If nordic skiing use this path to link to other fun Nordic Trails.


This is a dog friendly trail but dog passes are required, you can obtain these at the CB Nordic Center in town. Please pick up after your furry friends and help keep our trails clean.

Trail Map


Enjoying this trail? Help support the people who maintain it. Donate to the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association.