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Carbon Peak

  • Crested Butte Train Depot 716 Elk Avenue Crested Butte, CO, 81224 United States (map)

Do you know what you can do to protect the places you love? On this hike with the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative we'll learn about actions we can take as citizens in support of our incredible natural heritage. The Carbon Peak Trail is steep and rocky, beginning in a forest at 9,520 ft and has a gorgeous summit at 12,400 ft with 360 degree views of the Gunnison high country.

We’ll start by traversing two large talus slopes that lead into grassy meadows filled with an abundance of classic Colorado wildflowers before climbing above tree line to approach the summit. Carbon Peak is within a section of land that the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative has proposed for permanent protection of water, wildlife, and recreation.

The GPLI will talk about what it will take to protect this special place and what you can do to help. Kids 15+.

DISTANCE: 8 Miles

ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS 2900 ft

FOOTING: Packed trail and rocky talus slopes

HABITAT: Forest, meadows, rocky high alpine exposure above treeline

EXERTION LEVEL: Very Strenuous

This hike is a part of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. Please register here

Earlier Event: July 7
Beckwith Pass Hike