Happy Hiking: Green Lake Trail

After ten days of wildflower hikes in Crested Butte, I changed it up a bit and hiked to Green Lake.  I’m not exactly sure about how I’d rate the 8.5-mile Green Lake Trail.  If I were just walking the second half, I’d probably give it five stars.  If I were just walking the first half, I’d probably give it 1 star.  I suppose that averages out to three stars, but I wouldn’t want anyone to miss Green Lake.

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wildflowers on hasley basin loop near crested butte

Happy Hiking: Hasley Basin Loop

With as many hikes as I’ve been doing in Crested Butte, I would normally try to condense them into a few blogs.  But the wildflowers in Crested Butte during mid-July are simply remarkable.  It’s hard enough to condense my daily barrage of photos just down to ten.  As a result, each hike warrants its own post. Today, Hasley Basin Loop gets the honors.

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wildflowers at rustlers gulch, crested butte

Happy Hiking: Rustler’s Gulch

Rustler’s Gulch is a 9 mile, heavily trafficked trail located in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness near Crested Butte, Colorado.

Getting to Rustler’s Gulch

Rustler’s Gulch is about 8 miles from town, but the drive takes about 30 minutes on the dirt road, FS 317.  Don’t worry, FS 317 is passable by two-wheel drive car to this location, and the drive through mountainsides of wildflowers is spectacular.

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wildflowers on snodgrass trail in crested butte

Happy hiking: Snodgrass Trail FS 317

I previously posted about hiking a portion of the Snodgrass Trail from the Washington Gulch side.  Today I hiked the other portion of the trail beginning at the more popular start on FS 317.

While I loved the Washington Gulch side, the 3.3 mile lollipop loop from FS 317 was even better!  It is hard to imagine with all the wildflower hikes in Crested Butte that I’ve completed this week, that they can keep topping one another.  But it seems the Snodgrass Trail did just that!

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wildflowers on judd falls trail in crested butte

Happy Hiking: Judd Falls Trail

After a handful of challenging hikes in Crested Butte during the Wildflower Festival in mid-July, I picked an easy one Friday, Judd Falls Trail. This short, out-and-back 2.2-mile hike was perfect to get Annie a little exercise before I completed my “on the road” chores such as laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning VANgo and the like.

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view from scarp ridge trail

Happy Hiking: Scarp Ridge

Today, during my two-week camping stay in Crested Butte, I hiked Scarp Ridge in the ghost town of Irwin. 

Getting to Scarp Ridge Trail

Getting to Scarp Ridge Trail requires driving up a portion of Keebler Pass.  The final mile, after Irwin Lake gets a little rocky and steep, but there are no low hanging trees and it is reasonably wide.  I read many AllTrails reviews that almost scared me away, but VANgo handled it mightily.  I’m glad I went!

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Happy Hiking: Snodgrass Trail

Wednesday was a day of dreary weather.  As a result, I picked a trail I saw as I drove to my Crested Butte campsite off Washington Gulch Road.  It turned out to be Snodgrass Trail which initially confused me, as the AllTrails app shows the trailhead off FS 317. 

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wildflowers on gothic mountain

Happy Hiking: Gothic Mountain

I’ve always wanted to visit Crested Butte during the Wildflower Festival.  I finally did just that and for my first hike to Gothic Mountain via Trail 403 from Washington Gulch Road, they did not disappoint!

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selfie on second creek trail

Happy Hiking: Second Creek Trail

I arrived in Colorado on Jun 30th after basically two months on the road.  After Wanderful Wheels replaced my defective stove, whose top shattered while I was cooking, I headed to Estabrook, our family property near Bailey.

I didn’t leave the property for an entire week!  I woke up every morning to the Platte River and took cover from the rain every afternoon.  In the middle I relaxed, blogged, and took Annie on walks all over the old logging roads.

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mendocino

A Weekend in Mendocino

After our 3.5 weeks in Washington, Annie and I met some friends for the weekend in Mendocino at their vacation cabin.  Annie and I took a leisurely two-day drive, mostly along the coast to get there. Aside from some long construction delays, it was uneventful.  

I drove Highway 1 ten years ago while on my road trip across the USA, and it was weird to see all the RV’s and homeless camps!  I remembered it being much quieter, though I wasn’t there on a summer weekend either.

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