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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 M.

    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, 2014

  • David J B.

    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, 2014

  • Michael K.

    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, 2014

  • Michael K.

    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, 2014

  • Elizabeth B.

    Previous commitment. Bummer

    June 23, 2014

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