Snodgrass Mountain Trail

Snodgrass Mountain Trail

Snodgrass Mountain Trail is Switch off Gothic Road and follows Washington Gulch Road for three miles to meet the Washington Gulch Trailhead. The paved road ends at 2.5 miles but continues for another 0.5 miles along the well-maintained dirt road until you see a trailhead sign on the right side of the road. Around 300 feet up the road, north of the trail sign, there is parking on the left side of the road.

Snodgrass-Mountain-from-Washington-Gulch
Snodgrass-Mountain-from-Washington-Gulch

Snodgrass Mountain Trail Directions

Follow Gothic Road two miles north of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort base area before it comes to an end at a cattle guard to get to the Gothic Trailhead. On the left side of the road, you’ll find parking and a Snodgrass Trail sign. Use the stile to cross the fence and travel up the Snodgrass Road double track for 0.5 miles (or detour on Teddy’s Trail for beautiful meadows and aspen forest instead of an ugly double track) till you reach another fence crossing and a marked trail junction. Turn left and follow the single track on the Snodgrass Trail (hikers can continue up the rough double track road all the way to the heavily wooded peak of Snodgrass Mountain, but the single-track presents a far more scenic and entertaining option).

 Snodgrass Mountain
Snodgrass Mountain

The Snodgrass Trail is mostly smooth, rolling single-track, with a few steeper pitches and some mildly technical sections with rocks and roots. Frequent use and excellent signage make it easy to follow the trail. You can start either on the trail for a great out and back hike, or on the east side of Gothic Road, you can easily connect to Lower Meander and all the summer trails of Mt. Crested Butte. While Crested Butte summers generally stay rather mild, the midday sun can be intense, so Snodgrass is an excellent shaded option. The views, the flowers, and the forest are always amazing!

Need to know before your journey

 Please respect seasonal trail closures, which are posted at both trailheads. Because this trail passes through private ranch property, Gunnison National Forest land, and land owned and conserved by a partnership between the Crested Butte Land Trust and the Town of Mt. Crested Butte, trail users should be polite and respectful. Mostly during spring and summer, the Snodgrass Trail is very popular with bikers, hikers, and runners, so stay alert and respect trail guidelines.

For seasonal cattle grazing, the park closes in mid-August.

Snodgrass trail closure 2020
Snodgrass trail closure 2020

Ecosystem

The Snodgrass Trail showcases some of Crested Butte’s most spectacular habitats. Shade-loving flowers and shrubs flourish in thick aspen groves. Views of the surrounding mountains, including Mt. Crested Butte, can be found in open sunny meadows, as well as an abundance of lupine and sunflowers. Bridges extend through the two small water crossings and offer a view of the flowers and plants of the wetlands.

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