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In State Outing 2017

Crested Butte Wildflower Hike

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July 17-22, 2017

CMC Members: $875
Non-Members: $970


Trip Overview

Crested Butte’s title of Wildflower Capital of Colorado, designated by the state legislature in 1990, is undisputed. Imagine yourself hiking in the explosion of color—reds, yellows, blues, purples—that blankets the town and surrounding mountains in July. This 6-day (5-night) trip is scheduled during the peak of blossoms. We will see striking crimson and orange paintbrush, periwinkle columbines, scarlet glia, iridescent blue flax, yellow sunflowers, purple delphiniums and dusky blue lupines to name a few among an extensive palette of sub-alpine and alpine flowers. All hikes are rated A - B, at a causal pace. Our hikes will take us into three wilderness areas: West Elk Wilderness, Raggeds Wilderness and Maroon-Bells Snowmass Wilderness.  We will have a tour of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and old mining town of Gothic.  A guided historic tour of Crested Butte is also planned. We will dine each evening in local establishments and once at the B&B, with a catered dinner the first night.



Built in 1919 to host miners, Elk Mountain Lodge ( ) in Crested Butte is a small, family-owned hotel/B&B with 19 rooms. It is located in the heart of the town’s historic district; all shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance. I have arranged for 4 rooms which will provide double occupancy for 8 people. All accommodation is double occupancy—there is no single supplement option.

Activities / Difficulty

Hikes will be geared toward fit participants, who can hike at altitude, at A & B level.


Monday, July 17: Travel to Crested Butte, check in to B&B after 3pm, dine at lodge at 6:00 pm and meeting for housekeeping details, general information and review Tuesday’s  hike. 

Tuesday, July 18: Breakfast at 7:30 am; depart B&B for hike at 8:15 am. In evening, discuss hike plans for next day.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday will have same schedule with time for the two tours.

Saturday, July 22: Breakfast at leisure, check out and depart B&B by 10:30 am.


Trip Leader: Bea Slingsby

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