Crested Butte

Elevation (feet): 12,162
Elevation (meters): 3,707
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Elk Range Area
State: Colorado
Latitude: 38.8833
Longitude: -106.943
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
First successful climber(s): Ute Indians in the late 1700 early 1800's
Nearest major airport: DIA-Denver,Colorado
Convenient Center: Crested Butte,Colorado

Thanks to Rando Palmero for adding this peak.

Crested Butte is so named for it's "cresting " peak. It is one of four laccoliths,igneous intrusions of magmawhich pushed up the sedimentary strata, and after cooling, maintain their flat base and domed tops. C.B. sits solo in the Gunnison Valley, surrounded by other mountains of the West Elk Mtn. Range, in central Colorado. It is the only mountain in Colorado to host a ski area, providing the mountain is not attached to another via a range or ridgline. Proudly occupying it's revered status in the Gunny Valley, it has proven quite the inspiration for many a hiker, mountain biker, fisherman, hunter, skier and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 4 trip reports for Crested Butte.

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  • Log #16648 - by Mark Toronto on Apr 12, 2003
    Good lift accessed backcountry type skiing. Good backcountry skiing when the lifts shut down. Colorado has had more lean years lately than good ones, at least for the times when I was there for the...
  • Log #16649 - by Brian Leverenz on Sep 18, 2002
    WE have a cabin in Gothic and every year we go there a hike up to Mt. Crested BUtte is mandatory! Sometimes I walk up from the ski lift(my wife will take the lift up and meet me!), sometimes I ride...
  • Log #16650 - by Darvon K Henry on June 05, 2002
    Great view!! Paridise valley/peak was beautiful.
  • Log #16651 - by Kathryn Blitz on Nov 12, 2001
    I noticed there were no quotes in this log so I figured we might as well get the ball rolling. Hiked the Mtn. with one kid first, both kids the next summer. If my five year old daughter can make it...