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One of the more quiet and peaceful adventures in our zone, the West Brush Creek and Pearl Pass Roads trails provide hours of quality Jeeping. Starting only a few miles out of the Town of Crested Butte, Colorado the pavement ends at the private airport and neighborhood Buckhorn Ranch. Motoring on the dirt road, it is important to keep an eye out for bicyclists, cows and nice old friendly ranchers and their wiry dogs. A few miles back you come to a sign and turn-off as shown on the photo. West Brush Creek Road is to the left. Start here and take the next left about a mile past these signs for a dead-end scenic overlook. This is a great spot to walk out to the ridge and take a few photos. The gate keeps vehicles from continuing into the wilderness area. So turn around and continue North or left on the West Brush Creek Road. It is recommended to turn on the 4WD in the high setting until you reach the flats towards the end of the trip. This will aid you as you cross the creek and gain in elevation and other hazards. There is a large mud hole towards the top 1/3 of the trail. I tell people to take it on the left and stay out of the large potholes. Once you come to the end of the road, stop and let the vehicle cool down and don’t forget to smell the roses! This trail provides access to an amazingly beautiful overlook underneath the Teocalli Mountain, so get out and take some photos.
After a break, turn around back to the turn off in the photo. Take a left onto Pearl Pass Road and go slow as soon you will be on an overhang with no room to turn around. This section mandates concentration, focus and a cool head. Luckily it doesn’t last long and after a deep (at times) creek crossing you’re cruising again. This section is a scenic stretch of beaver ponds, fishing holes and world class single-track trails.
To keep our customers and Jeeps safe, we allow customers up until the third creek crossing. This keeps it simple, the first two creeks are ok to cross if the water levels are low and you have our permission at the time of pickup. This way we all have the current trail conditions to help make better decisions and route finding. In no way are our Jeeps to attempt to cross the third creek!
All of our renters are given a map, detailed instructions and current trail conditions to best serve our customers and keep everyone safe.
Almost weekly we have customers travel to the famous Crystal Mill from Crested Butte. Providing our customers with maps and local information allows us to safely access the Mill from the Western side. Starting with a nice scenic tour to the town of Marble, the fun quickly bumps up right outside of Town. For this rocky and tight Jeep trail follows the Crystal Creek up to the Mill and Ghost Town. Visitors enjoy this famous landmark, which is ranked as one of the most photographed landscape in all of Colorado. In this photo you can see it was a muddy day, but as usually our Jeeps are well equipped to handle the trail which additional clearance is needed to safely navigate. After stretching the legs and walking around Town, most people head back down to the Town of Marble for some of the best BBQ in Colorado. Slow Grooving BBQ is one of my favorite restaurants in Western Colorado. On the way back to CB, it is advised to drive slow on Kebler Pass as the wildlife are very active this time of evening, making for an opportunity to see a variety of wildlife before entering back into Crested Butte.
Every year I make the trip up Washington Gulch Rd. located in between the Town of Crested Butte and Mt. CB. This mellow road turns into more of a trail just prior to entering the town site of Elkton. Wandering up this jeep trail gives you a quick gain in elevation making for a steep section with switchback turns leading to the ridge line. Many stop here to hike the trail up Mt. Baldy, but with a lifted Jeep is where it starts to get a little “sporty.” Continue on and the road verges into Slate River Rd. (734) traveling through a drop off section to Paradise Divide or where the trail tops out at. This beautiful and amazingly scenic viewing point of the Paradise Mountain Range, Slate River Valley, Paradise Basin and so much more is one of my favorites in the world.
Well it has surely been a wet and wacky spring up here in the high country. Luckily warm weather and plenty of sunshine, just what we’re used to this time of year, has arrived. Access too many of the amazing hiking and mtn. biking trails is open and specifically access to the Paradise Divide and Schofield Pass is open on the Crested Butte side to Jeeps. Oh yeah and the wildflowers have just starting to pop, making our little piece of paradise open for business.
According to the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce and the Gunnison County Public Works, as long as “everything holds (today) and we do not have any more issues due to saturated soils we will open Kebler at 4:00 PM. Cottonwood will open at 4:00 PM as well.” McClure Pass will be closed today between 11:30am and 3:00 pm. Which means the fast and easy route to Aspen is open and the short cut to Denver is a go!
We are opening on May 22nd here in Crested Butte. Please stay tuned for more info on the new location in Snowmass Village, Colorado
Crested Butte is called the Wildflower Capitol of Colorado. There are hundreds of different kinds of wildflowers in Crested Butte and the surrounding areas. Wildflower season runs June to September and is ever-changing from spring to summer to early fall flowers.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers daily guided peak hikes for $45 per person. Washington Gulch Road, Paradise Basin, and Schofield Pass Road are popular spots to see the wildflowers. The short drive to Gothic is doable in most cars. But you do want a high profile vehicle for Paradise Basin and Schofield Pass Road. You can rent a high profile vehicle from Aplenglow Rentals in Crested Butte.
Mark your calendar for the week long Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. The annual festival is in early to mid July. There are additional events starting in late June and running through mid-August.
Want help identifying wildflowers? Download the Crested Butte Wildflower Guide and Alpine Wildflower Guide.
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