Crested Butte Winter Trails: Snodgrass

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Looking for a fun, easy trail within 3 minutes of the mountain? Snodgrass Road is a popular trail for skiers, snowshoers, and fat bikes alike. The road offers a mellow climb up to the top of Snodgrass and a fun road decent back down to the parking lot.

Highlights:Groomed road, mellow climb, epic views
Activities:Fat bike, nordic ski, snowshoe, backcountry ski
Length:2.8 miles
Approx. Time:1-2 hours
Elevation Gain:1500 ft
Trailhead Elevation:9,600feet
Travel Time to TH:7 minutes from town, 3 minutes from Mt. CB
Snow Machine Traffic:None
Dog Friendly:Yes

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From the Town of Crested Butte: Take Gothic Road (135) North toward the Mt. Crested Butte. Stay on this road for 4.3 miles as you ascend past the ski resort. The road dead ends in winter at the trailhead. Park on the left side of the road just past the portable toilet or in the lot just below this. The trailhead is at the fence line and well marked.  Map


This moderately inclined trail starts from the parking area and follows the road up the mountain. Be sure to take the trail on the left that heads uphill, as the road on the right heads down to Gothic. Follow the trail past an old cabin on the right along with Teddys Winter Trail. It gets steep here as it heads up a small hill, or you can take the mellower incline to the right, which will swing back and meet up with the same trail.

Many people turn around at the top of this hill, which offers expansive views of Mt. Crested Butte and the ski area. For those looking for more exercise, you can stay on the trail as it winds and switchbacks its way up Snodgrass Mountain.  There is no view from the summit, but many spots along the way open up to viewpoints. From your turn around point enjoy a fun road decent back down to the parking lot.

 This is one of the most popular winter trails in Crested Butte. Always watch uphill for skiers or bikers coming down the trail.


This is a pet friendly trail, abide by the leash law at all times. Yield trail right of way to all others when hiking with your dog. Remember to pack out all doggy doo.

Trail Map