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.
Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers
It's usually a good idea to bring some bug spray just in case the mosquitoes are bad in the dark timber.
This trail is used annually for the Grin and Bear It
race which is a fundraiser for the Crested Butte Nordic Center. This trail takes you through the trees to the picturesque Green Lake.
Start by heading over to the Crested Butte Nordic Center near 2nd Avenue in Town. Run 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 run back the way you came.