Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Beckwith Pass, Gunnison National Forest

Beckwith Pass from Lost Lake
Gunnison National Forest

Date Hiked: September 15, 2012

Distance: 6 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 500 ft
Elevation Min/Max: 9,502 to 9,956ft
Trailhead Lat/Long: 38.869992º N; 107.204430º W
Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Fee: None

Beckwith Pass Trail Map (Google Maps)

Directions:  This hike starts from the Lost Lake Campground off of Kebler Pass Road just west of Crested Butte.  From town, take Kebler Pass Road (closed in winter) west until you see the sigsn for Lost Lake Campground.  Turn left and follow the road until it ends at Lost Lake.  There are maps and signs at the campground pointing to the trailhead.  Before going to the trailhead, take a few minutes to gaze at Lost Lake, it is beautiful.

This trail, in the fall, is an other-worldly and amazing hike.  This part of Colorado has one of the largest contiguous Aspen Groves in the world, surely worthy of being a National Park (but it's not).  In the fall, this is an incredible experience and just driving along Kebler Pass road is a rare treat.  This hike, meanders through Aspen forest before, gaining some altitude and heading up to Kebler Pass.  The hike up to the pass is straightforward and well signed.  Once at the pass, where there is a gate leading to the West Elk Wilderness Area, you are rewarded with awesome views of Ruby Peak and Mount Owen.  Looking down at the fall colors against the red backdrop of Ruby Peak, are breathtaking.  The pictures below, while touched up a little, are accurate as to the color scheme.  Amazing.

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