01 July 2015

Stardate 2015.499

Crested Butte, Colorado

Day Four RtR
Crested Butte

The ride to Crested Butte on Day Four was a nice contrast to the wet of the previous day. Originally, there were two options for this day. One option was the normal highway ride from Gunnison to Crested Butte. The second option was the Dirty 30. The Dirty 30 would travel up scenic Ohio Creek, climb and cross Ohio Pass, which is still a dirt road, then drop to Kebler Pass, before the final drop into Crested Butte. Ohio Pass is beautiful, however the powers that be nixed the optional route due to lingering snow and soggy conditions resulting from heavy spring rains.

The day turned out to be a rest day. I think I rolled into Crested Butte around 9 in the morning. Snowcatcher and I spent the day lounging around. Crested Butte proper is a historic mining town. There also exists a ski village a mile or so above old town at the ski area.

Crested Butte, Colorado

The southern terminus of the Elk Mountain Range is shown above. Teocalli Mountain touches the sky at 13,208 feet (state rank # 478) while 14,265 foot Castle Peak (state rank # 12) rises even higher behind Teocalli. I've summited Castle Peak several times, and it's a very scenic hike.

Crested Butte, Colorado

On the east side of town, Mount Crested Butte rises to 12,162 feet.

Crested Butte, Colorado

The little town's population just grew by 3,000.

Guess Who?

Guess who?

Crested Butte, Colorado

Rising in the background is the Ruby Range. It's a sub-range of the Elk Range. The West Elk Range rises southwest of the Ruby Range.

Crested Butte, Colorado

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe
All mimsy were the borogoves
And the mome raths outgrabe...

Crested Butte, Colorado

I took this shot because I want the old red Ford F250 sitting on the grass. The mountains rising in the background aren’t half-bad either.

Our next stop will take us 12,000 feet into the sky.



  1. You can have the Ford if you'll let me take the mountains....

    What are flowers for but to stick a camera into? I'm with Snowcatcher on that one! They look like some kind of alpine poppy - very photo-worthy.

    Is that meant to be the Jabberwock or just a dragon? Pretty impressive either way. (The jaws that bite, the claws that snatch....)

    So glad you guys got a rest day!

    1. Snowcatcher says the flowers are oriental poppies. Nope, mountains go with the Ford. I'm sure the metal work is a knight and dragon. However, I like Jabberwocky and thought it fit.


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