Colorado's Elk Range
Between the glamorous resort of Aspen and the old coal mining town of Crested Butte lies the rugged Elk Mountain Range. Experience the power and beauty of these peaks on an expert-led hike, learning how the land has been used by Native Americans, miners and, today, skiers.
*Hike on old mining trails, through open meadows, over mountain passes and to some of the Rockies' most interesting geological features.
*Crested Butte is known as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. Come enjoy them on easy access trails.
*A trek to Hasley Pass at 12, 000 feet offers spectacular views of the Maroon Bells.
*Hike amongst the largest Aspen tree stand in CO during the fall months
*learn about the coal mining history of Crested Butte while hiking one (or more) of the 4 major drainages in the area.
Hiking 2-12 miles a day with elevations gains of 800-2, 500 feet. Hiking elevations of 8, 000-12, 000 feet. Your activity level and interests will set the length and duration of the hike.
I will meet you in Crested Butte at your hotel or other designated site. Having prearranged our itinerary prior to the start date, we will set off for our first destination of the day.
All activities are custom made for each booking. As a geologist and naturalist I have many activities that will entice each guest or group of guests. Please message me by using the "ask a question" button with an approximate desired plan and I will work with you to design your special day in the Crested Butte region.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your hotel in Crested Butte, CO
End location: back to your hotel
Duration: 8 hours
Summer weather can change start times and dates as well as cause a stoppage of hiking, sightseeing, and climbing for safety reasons.
I can take up to 4 people in my vehicle. More than 4 will require other arrangements at an increased fee. Or we could use your vehicle if it is larger and you have more people. The vehicle will be used to reach our various hiking and sightseeing destinations.
All transportation and guiding are providing. I have some extra clothing and gear that can be borrowed.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 US dollars - Our day hike will take us away from the town and therefore any food services. You will need to buy yourself a lunch for the trail prior to our departure. I can recommend places to serve this need.
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Peter was fabulous! He was extremely knowledgeable about the region we were hiking (Maroon Bells, CO) including the vegetation, geology, history etc. There were 4 of us and we are well educated and curious and we learned a tremendous amount listening to and asking questions of Peter. He also knew when we needed to catch our breath due to the altitude and would pause to teach us something while we "rested". Peter made our day and we would all highly recommend him.