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Crystal Creek Trail

Basics
Location:
Curecanti National Recreation Area near Gunnison
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
5 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8900 feet
Season:
Spring and Fall

Description

Winding through abundant wildflowers, Gambel oak, aspens, conifers and a recovering burn area, Crystal Creek Trail is ideal for spring or fall hiking. Sweeping views of Cimarron Valley, the West Elk and San Juan Mountains can be viewed along the way. The trail ends at an overlook, 1800 ft. above Crystal Reservoir.

Good shoes or boots are recommended. Carry at least 2 quarts of water per person. Check for ticks frequently during the hot summer months.

Details

Location:
Curecanti National Recreation Area near Gunnison
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
5 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8900
Season:
Spring and Fall
Additional Details:
Moderately strenuous. Trail begins at 8900 ft above sea level. Allow 2 hours for round trip.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

At Curecanti National Recreation Area near Gunnison

Off Highway 92, 24 miles from its junction with Highway 50.


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