The Slate River Valley is one of the most iconic valleys in Crested Butte. Looking for a beautiful adventure, then look no further. Head up the Slate to enjoy views of the picturesque Mineral Point, snow covered river, and beautiful valley walls.
|Highlights:||epic views, access to other trails, relatively flat|
|Activities:||fat bike, nordic ski, snowshoe, backcountry ski|
|Approx. Time:||depends on above|
|Elevation Gain:||500 feet|
|Trailhead Elevation:||9000 feet|
|Travel Time to TH:||5 minutes from town|
|Snow Machine Traffic:||yes|
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From the Town of Crested Butte: Take Gothic Road (135) north 0.8 miles to Slate River Road (734). Turn left and drive 2.6 miles up the valley. Just past Nicholson Lake (and the marmot crossing sign) is the trailhead where the road ends. Map
This trail sees regular use by backcountry travelers, skiers, snowmobilers, and snowshoers. From the parking area head up the road as it climbs a small hill. From the hilltop the tail forks, both go to the same spot but take the right trail for a shortcut. Link back up with the road and follow it down as it passes Gun-site bridge. This bride offers access to Mikes Mile and other CB Nordic trails. continue to follow the slate river road as it makes its way into the slate valley. Follow the road up a gentle, meandering grade for about 4 miles to the townsite of Pittsburg. Anything past here gets into steep avalanche terrain and is not recommended. Turn around at any point to shorten your trip and make sure to save energy for the trek back!
The trail is pet friendly but make sure to abide by the leash law at all times. Yield trail right of way to all others when hiking with your dog. Tread lightly on the trail to avoid damaging the ecosystem and remember to pack out all doggy doo.
Enjoying this trail? Help support the people who maintain it. Donate to the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association.