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Green Lake Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A steep out and back to Green Lake.


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9.4

Miles

15.2

KM

Out and Back

10,618' 3,236 m

High

8,938' 2,724 m

Low

1,718' 524 m

Up

1,718' 524 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

A steep but rewarding journey to a high alpine lake starting in downtown Crested Butte. For a crowded area to recreate, this is a relatively less-frequented trail in the area. Enjoy the solitude and the incredible views it affords you at the top.

Need to Know

It's usually a good idea to bring some bug spray just in case the mosquitoes are bad in the dark timber.

Description

Start by heading over to the Crested Butte Nordic Center near 2nd Avenue in Town. Hike behind the building on a doubletrack heading Southeast. This eventually leads to a road and the first trail sign directing you to take a right on this road. Just under a half mile later, another sign will direct you to the left and the start of the Green Lake trail singletrack.

The climb starts here and doesn't relent much. Switchback your way up the mountain through the dark timber steeply at times until getting dumped out to another road. A sign directs you to take a right on this road. About 1/2 mile on the road, another sign directs you to get back onto singletrack to your left.

Wind your way up through the dark timber and enjoy the rugged trail on the way. The trail eventually starts opening up, stay straight at the intersection for Trail 436. Once at the lake, marvel in its beauty and get ready to turn around an hike back the way you came.

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Shared By:

Scott Krankkala

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  4.4 from 10 votes

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Photos

Green Lake
Sep 15, 2015 near Crested…, CO
July Aspen Sunflowers in meadow along Wild Cat Creek, during the annual Grin & Bear It trail run.
May 19, 2016 near Crested…, CO
Grin & Bear It racers make their return descent after having arrived at the Green Lake turn around below the Mt. Axtel massif.
May 19, 2016 near Crested…, CO
Descending Green Lake Trail with Mt Axtel in background.
May 19, 2016 near Crested…, CO

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Jun 12, 2021
Rachel Pierstorff
Trail clear of snow, two small spots crossing water 9mi
Oct 19, 2020
Kim W
Trail was dry. So many autumn leaves! Lots of wind at the top for the lake. Bring warm layers and wind breaker. 9.4mi — 4h 30m
May 29, 2020
Kacper Pawlaczyk
12h 00m
Aug 5, 2019
Alex Lilya Mis
Sep 22, 2018
Ryan Blesi
Awesome trail! Gorgeous and worth the hike! 9.4mi
Sep 2, 2018
Private User
Aug 18, 2018
Sarah S
Great hike from the town of Crested Butte! Parked at the Nordic Center as recommended. We started in the rain and had sunshine by the lake.
Aug 13, 2018
Katie Osland
Lovely mostly shaded trail to an alpine lake and views of the elk range! 9mi