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10.1 mile 16.3 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,950' 899 m
Descent: -1,717' -523 m
High: 11,663' 3,555 m
Low: 8,957' 2,730 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)


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Trail shared by Dylan Pradas

The Oh-Be-Joyful trail ascends up a picturesque glacial valley on the east side of the Ruby Range.

Dylan Pradas

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers


From Crested Butte, travel north on Gothic Road and take a left on Slate River Road just outside of Crested Butte. Drive 4.5 miles on the well-maintained dirt road and look for the Oh-Be-Joyful Campground turn-off on your left. Drive 0.5 miles to the campground at the bottom of the hill. If your vehicle has enough clearance and the waters are not too high, you may want to park on the other side of the river. Just be aware that if it rains, the water levels can change rapidly.

The Oh-Be-Joyful Pass trail ascends up a picturesque glacial valley on the east side of the Ruby Range. The upper portion of the valley is well watered with lush greenery and an excellent wildflower display. With the Ruby Range as a backdrop, this trail is a must-do.

This trail follows an old mining road up above the side of Oh Be Joyful Creek, climbing fairly steeply for a brief time. Once you hit the vantage point above the Oh Be Joyful Falls, the trail mostly flattens out and becomes narrower. You'll cross the wilderness boundary (don't forget to sign in at the register). You can continue up the valley following the trail as far as the base of Daisy Pass before turning around to return to the Oh Be Joyful Campground.

Alternatively, this trail continues up and around Oh-Be-Joyful Peak and Hancock Peak, over the pass and down to its intersection with the Silver Basin Trail.

For those looking for more adventure, there are numerous ways to extend your mileage and elevation gain. Summiting Daisy Pass and descending into Pittsburg is popular with locals, but does require two vehicles or the willingness to hitch hike. Make sure to have a good topographic map or the Hiking Project mobile app before attempting one of the loops from the Oh Be Joyful Trail.


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Aug 6, 2018
C. C.
Aug 4, 2018
Jim Turner
Jun 7, 2018
Jessica Hall
All uphill and not a lot of trees for the dog during midday. Many smaller trails that can trick you off the main path that lead to viewpoints. 4mi
Sep 10, 2017
AustinBrown Brown
Stunning trail. Nearly deserted on the Sunday morning we went. 4.2mi
Nov 5, 2016
Zofia Stanley
Trail follows a creek into a wide, open canyon. We heard pika and a waterfall. Cloudy day with no other hikers on the trail. Trailhead was tricky t... 5.4mi
Oct 2, 2016
Chris Buscemi

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At mile 5.5 there is a fork in the trail, near the end of Oh-Be-Joyful Valley. The trail featured above, heads to the right and ascends 1200ft to Daisy Pass. Another trail leads to the left (South), skirts along the Ruby Range and ascends about 800ft over 2 miles to the very scenic Blue Lake. Sep 6, 2016
Trail starts at a camp site but wasn't crazy busy even during Wildflower Festival. BEWARE: you must either ford a rather wide stream on foot with sharp rocks or use a high-clearance vehicle to access the trail head. I'd rate the hike as easy for CO natives who hike afew times a summer. Great views of falls! Decent amounts of wildflowers in early July. Access to the Raggeds Wilderness area at 2 mi Jul 13, 2017

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