Crested Butte to Gothic
A short but always rewarding side trip to a Crested Butte visit. “The Butte” isn’t exactly a place you stumble upon, you get there on purpose. And, some choose to never leave. A former ghost town, Gothic is now headquarters of the Rocky Biological Laboratory, a high altitude environmental research field station. In several locations on the road to Gothic aspen line both sides of the road forming an overhead canopy. Slopes across the valley support hearty stands. Be sure to stop and view the East River goosenecking its way downstream. This same area is prolific with blossom during wildflower season.
- The Route – From Crested Butte drive north to Mt. Crested Butte, the community built around the ski resort. The paved road ends at the north city limits. I swear they never grade the first 100 yards to scare off city slickers. Bob suggests they actually dig holes in that section of road. After you dodge the first potholes the roadbed is generally fairly smooth going. Continue on Gothic Road three miles to the town of Gothic. The forest service road beyond the research station becomes rougher; it is car passable for several more miles but 4WD is necessary to continue up Schofield Pass.