Backpacking--Crested­ Butte (Oh, Be Joyful Trail)

This trip begins just past the town of Crested Butte and along the Slate River. We will cross the Slate and make our way along the "Oh, Be Joyful" River. This is an out and back trip.

((****PLEASE make sure you have eaten something before you arrive at the City Market****))


We will meet at the Orchard Mesa City Market at 4:45 p.m. (SHARP) and at 5:00 p.m. (SHARP) we will make our way to Crested Butte and the trailhead and arrive at approximately 8:00 p.m. I'm hoping we will get to set our tents up while it's still light so we won't hike too far in Friday night.

Saturday we will break camp after a leisurely breakfast and make our way up the mountain pass up along the Oh, Be Joyful trail. The wildflowers are stunning. Two weeks ago we spotted a "Monument Plant" (a.k.a. the Centennial Plant) in full bloom--it is said that it only blooms once every hundred years. This day's backpacking will be leisurely and short. We will be searching for the perfect spot to make camp and enjoy some relaxation time.

We will be able to have campfires both Friday and Saturday nights, so make sure you bring your harmonica, Smores and ghost stories. Sunday morning we will rise leisurely and make our way back to the trailhead and the easy ride back home.

REQUIRED ITEMS--You'll need to pack your own gear and food to sustain you comfortably for 3 days and 2 nights of self-sustained camping. Bugs are always notorious wherever there is water so plan appropriately to defend yourself. Overnight temps could be in the 30's and daytime temps in the 80's. There is still snow all over this area...so sunscreen is also a great idea for this trip. Gloves and hats for the mornings and evenings would also be a good idea. I will be packing my ultralight saw so we can enjoy the evenings socializing around the fire. Any adult beverages are your responsibility and you alone assume all liability for your behavior and safety.


This is a "last minute" trip given the lack of water and high temps in Big Dominguez Canyon.....let's have a great time.



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  • Steve McLaughlin

    Beautiful weather and great scenery. It was good to get away from the heat and enjoy the cooler temps. I could even see my breath on Sunday morning. The drive over Kebler pass was also an added treat. I love going on these trips , I always have a great time and meet and hang out with outstanding people! We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. WHATS NOT TO LOVE ABOUT BACKPACKING!!!

    July 20

  • David J Barry

    It was a great trip with the boys. I also enjoyed the High meadows at about 10,500 feet and the waterfalls were spectacular.

    July 20

  • Michael King

    Great trip with Steve and Dave...too bad the trail was so busy on Saturday. Obviously a favorite of many people. The wild flowers were OUTSTANDING along the valley floor. We made it above tree-line on Saturday's day hike (8 miles and 1,000' gained). Thanks guys...you made the trip an awesome time.

    July 20

  • Anne Fitzgerald

    Are there going to be any others including women on this trip??????

    July 8

    • Michael King

      So far 4 people are signed up...you can see the attendees when you open up this event--they are listed at the top in the right hand column.

      July 9

  • Anne Fitzgerald

    Also are you opening this up for others???

    July 6

    • Michael King

      Anne, this trip is open to all enthusiasts.

      July 9

  • Anne Fitzgerald

    Looks gorgeous and I may be able to get away fro work earlier if that helps. I love this area although I have never backpacked it.

    July 6

  • Anne Fitzgerald

    Bummer but I wondered about the water as it is usually Spring run off. Better to know now then get there and have none. Let me know of any future plans.

    July 6

  • Michael King

    THIS EVENT IS BEING CANCELLED. I WAS JUST INFORMED THAT THERE IS ***NO*** WATER IN BIG DOMINGUEZ CREEK.

    NO WATER AND HIGH TEMPS MAKE FOR SERIOUS CONDITIONS. SORRY TO HAVE TO MAKE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

    July 6

  • Anne Fitzgerald

    Michael is this still on I need to know to plan, seems like it will be really hot. Is there another bk pk trip we can do at higher elevation????

    July 5

  • Anne Fitzgerald

    How did you break your toes, have done twice we can chat Friday at your house. My guess is it will be so hot others may have bowed out???

    July 1

  • Anne Fitzgerald

    Hey Michael is this still on???? Any others going????

    June 30

    • Michael King

      Anne, It's still on...even with me having broken 2 toes (possibly). I know Steve McGlaughlin is also planning on going. Mel said she might go as well.

      July 1

    • Michael King

      Looks like Mel had to bow out. :-(

      July 1

  • Anne Fitzgerald

    Any one else up for this, I might scare you with my ghost stories, NOT, but my cooking could, lol

    June 27

  • Anne Fitzgerald

    Can't wait for any weekend trips, looking forward to meeting others on this one!!!

    June 23

  • Elizabeth Barry

    Previous commitment. Bummer

    June 23

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