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    Gothic Mountain via Trail 403

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    12.2 km
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    914 m
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    The Gothic Mountain via Trail 403 is a fun, albeit challenging, adventure in the Elk Mountains of Colorado that will lead you up a rugged summit with stunning views of the Rockies. While out hiking the trail, you will trek through the subalpine and work your way over three false summits before reaching the top of Gothic Mountain. Hikers should take note that this route is closed during the winter months due to dangerous conditions.

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    Route Description for Gothic Mountain via Trail 403

    If you are in search of a hiking route in the Elk Mountains of Colorado that is equal parts frustrating and rewarding, then the Gothic Mountain via Trail 403 will be the perfect route for you. This hike will see you traverse three false summits on the way to the true peak, meaning you will have plenty of obstacles to overcome before reaching the scenic highlight of the journey.

    Setting out from the car park at the 403 trailhead, you will head north across the road and begin climbing up the switchback trail that gradually shifts its direction towards the east. After working your way up the hillside through the intermittent tree cover of the subalpine, you will begin climbing more sharply uphill towards the summit of Gothic Mountain.

    As you make your way through the rugged mountain terrain, you will traverse no less than three false summits before arriving at the top. Take some time here to catch your breath and experience the breathtaking mountain scenery surrounding you, before backtracking along the same route on the return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Gothic Mountain via Trail 403 Trailhead

    The starting point for the Gothic Mountain via Trail 403 can be found northwest of Crested Butte at the 403 trailhead on FS-811.

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