- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: Take A Hike Guidebooks; 2nd edition (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982976615
- ISBN-13: 978-0982976616
- Package Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crested Butte Colorado: 65 Scenic Day Hikes Paperback – 2012
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Why is hiking Crested Butte so special?. Hiking Crested Butte Colorado is one of the most hiker friendly areas in Colorado. Our guidebook covers 65 scenic hiking trails in Crested Butte. The variety is astonishing; there are superb trails for every level of fitness. Crested Butte Colorado is the undisputed wildflower capital of the world. If you want to see acres of wildflowers smothering hillsides, Crested Butte should be your first destination choice. Lower elevation trails bloom in June; high elevations bloom in July and August. If you are passionate about fall colors, Crested Butte supports the largest, contiguous Aspen forest in the USA. Entire mountainsides are aglow! Watch the change from early September through early October. The charming town of Crested Butte is an historical treasure. There are art festivals, music festivals and street fairs. Why are our guidebooks so popular? Written by hikers for hikers; our accuracy comes from personally hiking all the trails many times. We get the details right because we were there! Good guidebooks should stimulate. Pictures are worth a 1000 words; Over 200 full color photographs show, rather than tell, what you can expect to see on the trails and why you might want to go and see for yourself. You see color when you hike. Our books are as exciting as the trail itself. Good guidebooks should have good maps! Our topographic, color custom maps use color coded trails so you can see visually the variety of terrain on the trails at a glance. Hike options for shorter and easier hikes are detailed for the more difficult hikes. Good guidebooks should be user friendly with easy to find important data like how to get to the trailhead, what kind of vehicle you need to get there. Guidebooks should be accurate. We calculate the total elevation gain and descent for every hike. This is very different from subtracting the starting point from the end point.
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-Hike 32 Washington Gulch to Viewpoint: This trail and the parking lot is closed for 'restoration.' There is an alternate hike and smaller parking area just down the road. The book says this hike is accessible by car, but it really is not. Be prepared for scrapes and spins in a car. The modified hike is much more strenuous, compounded by the altitude. The end of the hike connects to the normal, easy trail. It is still a worthwhile hike to the great view at the end.
-Hike 44 Scarp Ridge West: Most of this trail now is closed due to a property dispute (areas 1 thru 2 on the map). The Jeep trail is gated off with 'Private Property' signs. Talking to people who still hiked it, they had no problems. It can be hiked backwards (10 to 3) still. The drive to the parking area is fine with a car.
-Hike 56 Cliff Creek to Beckwith Pass: Probably the best hike of the weekend. As stated, just a couple steep, rocky spots. Saw several deer just off the trail during the hike. Great view of the mountains from the pass. This was the easiest hike to reach by car.
- The names of the trails in this book differs from other websites, apps, and actual signage. Not sure who is right and who is wrong, but it can cause some confusion.
Several new maps were added, including one that shows the big picture in where all the trails are located in relation to Crested Butte, on one map. They've also made the topo maps included less cluttered appearing than the ones in the 1st edition and much easier to read because each trail map route is magnified. Each trail has it's own topo map. No more guess work as to which fork in the road or trail to take, they're color highlighted.
They've added many pictures of locations on the trails with wildflowers in bloom in the foreground and scenic backgrounds so if you're a photographer you can see what it looks like before going on the hikes. More space is devoted to the wildflower hikes. More panorama style shots too. They've also gone into greater detail what type of vehicle you need to access the specific trails.
It's a paperback format, but nylon thread was used to reinforce the binding to make it more durable. It measures 6 1/8" X 9" X 9/16" thick so you can take it along on every hike. You won't need any other maps besides the ones in the book.
If you might want to camp, in the back of this book is a section listing campgrounds, types of conditions,and if there is an outhouse or not.
So if you're interested in wildflower hikes, hikes in the largest Aspen grove in the world, or just scenic mountain hikes, this is the book to get. I wish that all hiking books had this kind of thorough detailed approach. I predict you'll be spoiled after seeing this book. A must have if you intend to hike in this area. Very well done Anne & Mike!
I got it to update my older edition.
Spot on with the trails, advice and directions.
My only worry is that the world discovers Crested Butte and it gets crowded!!!
Hiking in heaven for sure.