Lost Lake-There are 3 lakes - and it takes about 2 hours to walk all around the three lakes. We saw a herd of moose, and climbed past waterfalls - it was absolutely glorious. The lakes are called Lost Lake Slough, Lost Lake, and Dollar Lake. This is a gem.
The Dyke Trail- It is gorgeous - and long - plan at least 4 hours. The entrance to the Dyke trail is just above Irwin Lake on the left - don't go too far or you get to private land. Have a non-hiker drive to Horseranch to pick you up, as that is where the trail ends. Your driver can find Horseranch by heading back toward Crested Butte and taking a right hand turn at the fork towards Kebler. Horseranch is lovely - a nice place to hang out. Your pick?
Best Drives- Top 2!
Kebler Pass to Lost Lake!If you are starting in CB, head north on Whiterock and you will go up and over a small hill and head toward Lake Irwin. Take a left (don't go to lake Irwin) and continue on County Rd. 12 past Horse Ranch Park thru to the LARGEST aspen grove in the U.S. It is a magnificent sight at any time of year. When you come to Lost Lake, turn on in and walk around the lake. It is too beautiful.
Gunnison to Ohio Creek to Crested Butte!- Go north toward CB from Gunnison and take a left on Ohio Creek Rd before you get to Almont. You will see the "castles" - beautiful craggy mountaintops on your left. You go up Ohio Creek Pass (very easy and goooorgeous) to Kebler Pass Rd. Turn right and you end up in Crested Butte! Call it the long way 'round to cb!
Lower Loop - It is a beautiful ride out and back and not too difficult - a good place for someone with my mediocre biking skills to start a vacation trip. It starts at the end of Elk Road to the right. Come back and hit up Teocalli Tamale for some lunch!
Trail 401 - This is the famous trail that is really beyond my level. But since it is so famous I have to put it here. You go out past Gothic. I have hiked it right after the rain, when bikers wouldn't bike in the mud, but other than that time period, you will get run over if you try to hike it.