Crystal City

4.5/5 (35 reviews)
Marble, Colorado (Gunnison County)
Last Updated: 08/08/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

The Crystal City Trail is a popular connector road which takes you to some of Colorado's most spectacular alpine heights, wilderness views, and of course, Crystal City . Incorporated in 1880, Crystal City was a thriving mining community at the time with hundreds of residents and amenities of the day. Now, most are long gone, and Crystal was, in fact, a ghost town for several decades. Today, several families maintain their properties in Crystal City as summer residences. One structure remains as the most prominent icon for the city's past--the Crystal Mill.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (35 reviews)
Status: Open
Visited: 09/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this trail from East to West on 9/25/22 in a Colorado ZR2 and a stock Silverado. The portion from the eastern end of this trail (where it meets Schofield pass and Lead King Basin) to the town of Crystal is quite rocky, difficult, and not to be underestimated. This part should be considered a "4" difficulty rating. Everything west of the town of Crystal was pretty easy and deserving of it's rating of a 3. The western portion of the trail is still very rocky and had plenty of standing water in the trail, but any high clearance 4x4 will make it. No, you should not take your Subaru/ Honda CRV/ Hyundai Santa Fe on this road. It can be done with careful line choice but you risk overheating your transmission, slicing a tire, and not having the clearance to make it over some of the rocky sections without adding some new ventilation ports to your oil pan. This trail is crowded with both vehicles and hikers, and stranding an under-equipped vehicle blocking the trail would not be a very considerate thing to do.
Status: Open
Visited: 09/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Super cool trail to an amazing spot. One of the coolest shelf roads I've been on in a long time. Do it!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

I think the 3 rating is an average of the difficulty from WP1 through WP5 (closer to a 2) and the difficulty from WP5 to WP6 (at least a 4). I had no issues in a stock 2 door '22 Rubicon, but that last stretch is a much different road
Todd
Official Crew
83950
Status: Open
Visited: 08/08/2022

The trail has re-opened!
Tracy Barker
Official Crew
28100
Status: Temporary Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/05/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Obtained a report that Crystal Mill is TEMPORARILY CLOSED due to landslide or rockslide due to recent heavy rain. Scheduled to re-open on MONDAY August 8 per Aspen Sopris Ranger District.

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