CO – Crested Butte, Twin Lakes and Mt Elbert

After spending a day spent exploring the Silver Thread Scenic Highway (link to related post), I found myself headed northeast on US-50 and on to CO-135 where I was meeting a friend in Crested Butte. 

Back on US-50, I stopped at Monarch Pass, another crossing of the Continental Divide.

I turned north on US-285 to US-24 making my way to Twin Lakes for the night. 

I was grateful for the shelter of my car as I watched the storm. 

The next morning brought pink skies. 

And an opportunity for a little hiking.

A preview of a future date I’m sure I’ll have with the Colorado Trail. 

Those are some impressive mountains. The clouds played hide n’ seek keeping me busy with my camera, trying to capture a clear view.

I finally ceded defeat and headed back down the trail. 

That’s ice in the foreground. 

My little blue friend wanted a portrait. 

A view of the peninsula between the Twin Lakes. 

Back on the road I continued north on US-24.


I was excited to visit Melanzana, although I was disappointed they were out of stock of most clothing items. It was cool to see the sewing room and store front. I did snag this souvenir hat!

Leaving Leadville I traveled northeast connecting to I-70 and then continued on CO-9 north to Kremmling where I planned to skirt east on US-40 to US-34. Sadly I made an amateur move and didn’t double check road conditions. A friend recommended the route, but I later learned US-34 was closed for the winter. I grabbed this room with a view in Kremmling so I could rest up before reversing my route. 

What is weather like in early April? 

Leaving Kremmling, I drove US-40 east to Granby and south to I-70. From there I took CO-119 north to CO-72 to Co-7. Hello Rocky Mountain National Park!

Adventure Date(s):

  • April 8-10, 2017


2 thoughts on “CO – Crested Butte, Twin Lakes and Mt Elbert

  1. I hiked the South Elbert Trail back in 1979. I don’t think the trail had much signage back then. We summited Elbert and then came down the North Mount Elbert Trail. If I remeber right it was a two day adventure but not too demanding except in a scree field.

    • I’m so amazed when I think about how things were in the earlier days. Things have definitely changed. Not nearly as wild. I’m sure I’d like to summit if conditions are right, however scree is not really my friend. I’ll have to read up on it if I decide to go this route.

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