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Hike the Rocky Mountain Range
Crested Butte to Aspen
Discover the best one day hike in North America!
The Nordic Inn is the base camp for this extraordinary hike between Crested Butte and Aspen. The 11 mile trail is one of the most legendary high alpine treks in North America. This trail connects two classic Colorado ski towns and is only traveled by a select few. Hiking time will vary depending on your fitness level and group size, but expect to spend at least 6 to 10 hours of the day.
Start your adventure with a night at our historic Nordic Inn in Crested Butte or begin your quest in Aspen at the landmark LimeLight Hotel and then arrive at the Nordic Inn. For those who would like to test themselves, you can hike in both directions after a nights rest.
Book your trailhead transportation by contacting the following local vendors:
Maroon Bells: 970)-945-3319
Dolly's Mountain Shuttle: 970-209-9757
TRAILS IN TOWN
The hiking in the northern part of Gunnison County is dominated by high peaks, but that doesn’t always equal difficult hiking. Nicknamed the Wildflower Capital of Colorado, many of the trails that follow the rivers and streams outside town feature astonishing colors throughout the summer with minimal elevation gain along the way. If peak-bagging is more your thing then be sure to climb Mt. Crested Butte while you’re here. Lots of climbers ride the Silver Queen lift from the base area, but in order to catch the sunrise you’ll want to hike from the bottom since things don’t start up until 9am.
Almont and Taylor Canyon offer spectacular timber and beautiful canyon scenery. With great trails for trail running and mountain biking as well as good camp sites, this area offers a great home base for a multi-sport vacation. Gunnison hiking dominated by endless desert vistas and unique rock formations. Hartman Rocks Recreation Area offers a large multi-use trail system, or visit Curecanti Recreation Area and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park for some great trails on your public lands.