The 104 mile distance between Aspen and Crested Butte can literally be chiseled down to eleven miles on foot when you snake your way up along the legendary trail over the 12,480 foot Maroon Pass. Although a beautiful drive along a winding road if you choose that route, the hike is both glorious and unforgettable. Beginning at the most photographed view in Colorado, the Maroon Bells, you’ll wind your way through the White River National Forest where Mother Nature puts on a show of the most vibrant wildflowers in a rainbow of colors. The topography constantly changes with scree and creeks making trekking poles and extra socks a must. Once over the saddle the descent on the other side is a breeze where a well deserved cold beverage awaits. Make sure to pack a lunch and arrange for transportation to get you into town.
The Small List
Best Place to Stay
Purple Mountain Bed and Breakfast – Crested Butte’s only lodging that does not cater to children under 16 years old. A gourmet breakfast is beautifully prepared daily. And two craft beers are available on tap when you unwind in the afternoon. Located within walking distance of Elk Avenue, Crested Butte’s National Historic District, town bikes are also readily available for guests to enjoy a ride into town.
Dolly’s Mountain Shuttle – Offers trailhead pickup and more!
Soupçon Bistro – Crested Butte’s finest dining experience.