This was just a little filler hike before we exited the Crested Butte area. I could tell the pups were a little beat when we woke up this morning, so I crossed Mt. Baldy from Paradise Valley off the list and opted for this pleasant and far easier hike, just down the road from where we car camped.
The trail is in terrific shape and its highlights are really the first 1.25 miles, or so until you reach the trail's high point. Great views and wildflowers (we were a little early in the season, but the trail is known for its wildflowers) can all be had from this action packed first mile. After the high point and rock out cropping over looking the Gothic valley, the trail drops considerably. We continued the descent until the 2.5 mile mark and then turned around at the nicely flowing creek. After that, if was the somewhat steep climb and return the way we came.
This is a perfect trail for families, those walking dogs and the less avid hiker who is still seeking big views and great scenery.
Wildflowers ObservationLight A little early in season
average hiking speed 2.46 mph
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.