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    Green Lake via Carbon Trail


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    The Green Lake via Carbon Trail is an amazing experience in Crested Butte, Colorado that will take you to a lovely alpine lake with mountain views. While out hiking the trail, you will traverse a steep switchback trail that will lead you uphill through the forest to reach the shores of Green Lake, situated below the looking rock formation of Mount Axtell. This route isn’t overly difficult, but the steep climb through the forest will be sure to provide a bit of a leg burn!

    Route Description for Green Lake via Carbon Trail

    For those hikers based out of Crested Butte that are after a fun, intermediate-length route with beautifully scenic views of an alpine lake and nearby mountains, the Green Lake via Carbon Trail is a fantastic option to take in the beauty of the Elk Mountains.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way south across Coal Creek to enter into the dense cover of the forest. Here, you will begin the steep ascent of the mountainside along a switchbacking trail that will primarily pass through woodland terrain, although there will be a few small meadows dispersed along the trail.

    After slogging your way uphill through the forest, you will arrive at the beautifully scenic shores of Green Lake and the imposing Mount Axtell situated just behind it. After spending some time in this picturesque setting, you will simply make your way back down the hillside along the same trail in order to return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Green Lake via Carbon Trail Trailhead

    The starting point for the Green Lake via Carbon Trail can be found along Kebler Pass Road, just 4.5 km west of the Crested Butte Nordic Center.

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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