Lilly Lake is one of my fav’s and it’s because it’s short, sweet and no one is there.
Starting at the parking lot (more like a turn around area with a trailhead sign), start up the trail. This is an old logging road that hasn’t been maintained for a very long time. In July I ran into downed trees (and snow) but they were not hard to get around. The beginning of this trail is 6-10% grade with loose rocks, so a rear wheel drive cycle is a must unless you’ve got some help. It eventually flattens out and the views are gorgeous. This is primarily double track with just a hint of single track.
Recommend riding this trail in August/Sept/Oct though doable in July but it’ll be soggy and fly infested so wear some Deet!
This is a fast (1-2 hour) ride. Watch out for the weather. This is high altitude and the storms come in quick.
Trail Name: Lilly Lake Trail (not Splains Gulch Road side)
Location: Crested Butte, Colorado |
Type: Wide trail (≥ 30″), Start and end at the same point (Out-and-Back)
Rating: Adaptive Level 05
Length: 2-3 miles
Steepest Section: Mild – under 10º
Most Off-Camber Section: Mild – under 10º
Terrain: Mostly hardpack, lengthy loose sections
Obstacles: Brush and/or other growth, Baby heads and/or rock gardens, May encounter fallen trees. Marshy near the lake.
Help Needed? Nope
Directions to Trailhead
From Crested Butte head up Kebler Road up to Kebler Pass. Just before the pass turn left on Ohio Creek Road. Go another 1/4 mile and parking area is on your left. KEEP IN MIND, this is not the primary Lilly Lake trail found on the Splains Gulch Road side.