Crested Butte has miles and miles of great trails, many of them pretty close to town. The Lupine Trail might just be the best of them all. From June through August the entire trail is painted with color, lined with wildflowers such as Indian Paintbrush, Columbines, Wild Sunflowers and of course, Lupine. At approximately 7 miles long, the Lupine Trail offers a moderate hike for those who want to take in the spectacular mountain and valley views on foot. A perfect advanced-beginner to intermediate mountain bike trail, the Lupine is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. With views of the Slate River Valley, surrounding mountains and Town of Crested Butte, the Lupine Trail tends to fill up pretty quickly, especially on the weekends so be sure to get out early. If you’re on a bike, please remember to be mindful of the hikers. The Lupine Trail can be hiked or biked either way but keep in mind, there is no parking allowed in the Saddle Ridge Subdivision or along Gothic Rd. Most hikers prefer to park and start from the Nicholson Lake side. Shuttles can be easily arranged from either end. Most mountain bikers prefer starting from the Saddle Ridge Subdivision so that they can enjoy a nice downhill ride through the wildflowers. As with hiking or riding anywhere, please try and remain on the trail at all times as the Lupine Trail does run on an easement through private property. Of the Crested Butte Trails: Lupine Trail is a very rewarding experience.
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