Scarp Ridge endpoint is a remarkable 360-degree panoramic vista, including the Ruby Range and Paradise Divide. A stunning ridgeline hike after a short yet slightly grueling climb. Worth every step.
Trail stats and map located at the bottom
Look for the small trailhead signpost (above photo); you will know you are on the right track. There is no signage at the trailhead — Directions below with the map.
The trail starts quickly uphill, and the startling views begin. It’s beautiful.
Lake Irwin is known for boasting wildflowers, and the trail is lined with meadows of them. To start a loop, head left or right when reaching an intersection that is not marked. Watch for it.
We headed to the right, which led us through large meadows, mind-boggling views, and stunning wildflowers.
Just when we wondered where is the endpoint after an endless steep uphill, it popped up in front of us. Indeed, a “wow” moment!
Hiking along the ridgeline was one of the most incredible experiences of all my hikes. Indescribable in its vast, gorgeous 360-degree views.
Lake Irwin, packed now with paddle boarders and people fishing, gets more significant as we find our way downward.
Find a sunny day, bring sunscreen, a hat, and an extra layer for the ridgeline, and enjoy this unique area not far from Crested Butte. I loved it.
4.6 mile loop
Rated: Moderate to strenuous
Elevation gain: 1,576′
Highest elevation: 12,216′
Nearest Town: Crested Butte
The trail is challenging to find. From Crested Butte, take Kebler Pass Rd west. Turn right at the signs for Lake Irwin (Rd 826). The road is dirt. When reaching Lake Irwin, continue on the road to the left of the lake. (the road becomes rougher, 4×4 or high clearance is recommended) Bear right at the next turn, and make a right turn at the following junction. The road dips down before switchbacking up the mountain. Parking is alongside the road just before reaching a dead end with an abandoned wood structure. No parking in this area. The trail begins to your left at the fenced-in structure. No signage to mark the trail.
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