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Gunsight Pass-FS 585

Basics
Location:
Crested Butte
Length:
20 miles
Aerobic Difficulty:
Advanced
Time To Allow:
3 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9100 feet
Elevation Range:
9100 feet to 12100 feet
Elevation Change:
3000 feet
Season:
July-September

Description

Gunsight Pass Road/FS Road 585, is a fantastic ride for bikers looking to explore the mountains around Crested Butte and enjoy gorgeous mountain scenery. Starting in town, the dirt roadway climbs 3000 vertical feet up Mt. Emmons to Gunsight Pass, located at over 12,000 feet. Views from the Gunsight Pass Road are quite grand, including vistas of the surrounding Elk Mountains and down to Peanut Lake.

Riders on Gunsight Pass Road should be prepared to meet off-road vehicles along the way. Snow can be an issue here, as some seasons the snow never fully melts off the roadway. In addition, the roadway can be quite loose, making the descent back down quite an adventure at times.

Details

Location:
Crested Butte
Length:
20 miles
Distance is to pass and back
Difficulty:
High elevation climbing
Aerobic Difficulty:
Advanced
Time To Allow:
3 - 4 hours
Depends on aerobic fitness
Trailhead Elevation:
9100 feet
High elevation riding
Elevation Range:
9100 feet to 12100
Elevation Change:
3000 feet
Ends at Gunsight Pass, 12,100’
Season:
July-September
Additional Details:

While riding any trail system it is a great idea to include a repair kit and first aid kit. Gunsight Pass Road is a multi-use area and hikers, horseback riders, vehicles and other trail users may be seen along the way. Please be considerate on the trails and understand right of way protocol. Gunsight Pass Road is located in high elevation mountains and can experience sudden weather shifts, so riders should bring appropriate warm layers in anticipation of this.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Crested Butte, take the Slate River Road northwest from town. Take Slate River Road to Lower Loop Trail. Go left at the junction with Upper Lower Loop Trail. This trail ends at FS 585. Start riding uphill.


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