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Hike Beckwith Pass with the Western Slope Conservation Center

  • Crested Butte 4-Way or Conservation Center Offices Sixth and Elk (CB) or 204 Poplar (Paonia) (map)

Join the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative and Alex Johnson from Western Slope Conservation Center, for a free, guided hike up the moderate Beckwith Pass on August 28.  There will be two meet up locations to accommodate people leaving from Crested Butte and from Paonia.

Crested Butte Carpool: 4-Way Stop @ 7:15 am

Paonia Carpool: Conservation Center Offices (204 Poplar) @ 7:00 am

The Beckwith Pass trail traverses a section of land that the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative has proposed for permanent protection of water, wildlife, and recreation. Come learn how GPLI and the Conservation Center are working to protect this area - and what you can do to help! 

The trail starts at 9,508 in elevation and ascends 398 feet to top out at 9,779 ' The descent will be 253 feet and the trip totals 5.4 miles round trip. Please pack plenty of water, food, sunscreen, insect repellant and whatever else you might need for a day out hiking.

The Beckwith Pass Trail offers one of the most spectacular vantage points for the many of the iconic peaks along Kebler Pass, as well as views into the North Fork watershed. We’ll encounter meadows filled with classic Colorado wildflowers and the largest aspen forest (and one of the largest organisms) in the world.  

Please meet the group to carpool either at the 4-Way Stop in Crested Butte leaving 7:15am or at the Conservation Center in Paonia at 7:00am.  For more information and to register  contact GPLI Coordinator Hilary Henry at or (970) 390-6689

Photo Credit: Mason Cummings, The Wilderness Society

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