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Smooth, level singletrack close to town - great for beginners.


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5.8

Miles

9.3

KM

Out and Back

8,966' 2,733 m

High

8,922' 2,719 m

Low

150' 46 m

Up

149' 46 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly An easy trail along the river with fantastic views.

Overview

This can be an easy out-and-back, or you can add one of the nearby trails to make it a proper loop. Either way, the mountain forest with the Slate River Valley views make this excellent bang-for-the buck.

Need to Know

This is a high impact trail. Please try to stay on the worn trail.

Description

Begin from town to enjoy this special trail. From the start you have a number of options:

Your first option is to follow Butte Avenue out of town. Youll see a trail on your left, just after the last house on Butte. Follow this singletrack, staying right at any intersections. Curve left past a large house and up and over a small hill. Youll end up paralleling the road to Peanut Mine, up on the hillside in the wildflowers. Follow this to its end at Peanut Mine to join up with the "official" Lower Loop trail.

Another option is to hike up to the end of Elk Avenue and the dirt road on the left, or Whiterock, to join the Kebler Pass Road. Just after the first intersection on Kebler (Treasury Hill Road) on the right, you'll see a turnout and trailhead on the right. Take the path that forks left. This will lead you through the Woods Walk on some nice singletrack, and join the first variation near the big house.

The third option is to simply hike out the dirt road at the end of Butte to Peanut Mine. This is the "official" start of the Lower Loop, though its not as fun as the first two options.

Flora & Fauna

Aspen forest with a large variety of wildflowers including Lupine, Columbine, Mule's Ear, Green Gentian, Cow Parsnip, and more. The trail's popularity make it unlikely to see wildlife, but deer are common here, and moose occasionally lounge in this valley bottom.

Contacts

Land Manager: Crested Butte Land Trust

Shared By:

Adam Kagy

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 6 votes

#1

in Peanut Lake

#3410

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  4.2 from 6 votes
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Photos

Looking NE from the lower loop trail
Oct 3, 2023 near Crested…, CO
Looking back into the Oh-Be-Joyful Wilderness area and Slate River. (Wide path coming from Peanut Mine ends here and the singletrack begins to the right of the picture.)
Sep 25, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Lower loop looking south.
Oct 3, 2023 near Crested…, CO
Fun singletrack with stunning views of the Oh Be Joyful wilderness area.
Sep 25, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Looking back as we head into town.
Sep 25, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Slate River, next to the Lower Loop
Sep 25, 2017 near Crested…, CO

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