Gunsight Pass

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Gunsight Pass is a lesser-known but highly scenic trail near Crested Butte that spurs off the Paradise Divide loop. It starts at a parking area and trailhead for several nearby bike trails. The trail fords the Slate River next to a bike/pedestrian bridge, then climbs up through Wolverine Basin to a saddle with panoramic views at the summit of Gunsight Pass. The northern side of the pass is open to all vehicles, while the southern side is a mountain bike trail that descends to Kebler Pass Road.

The whole trail is moderately difficult and drivable by any four-wheel-drive vehicle. The lower part of the trail is mostly rocky dirt as it climbs through an aspen forest with gorgeous fall colors in late September. It passes historic mining ruins in Wolverine Basin and then turns into a rocky shelf road above timberline for the final ascent to the pass's summit. While this section is intimidating, but it is not off-camber, and there is plenty of room, though passing would be difficult anywhere except at switchbacks. The view from the summit of both the Slate River and Kebler Pass valleys is stunning.

Camping is not allowed. Multiple designated campsites are nearby along the Paradise Divide Road and the Poverty Gulch Road.