Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail Plan

A bicyclist on the Crystal Trail with Mount Sopris in distance. Photo by John Fielder.
The Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail Plan, adopted by the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners on Dec. 19, 2018, sets out a vision for a trail running the length of the Crystal River Valley, between Carbondale at the McClure Pass summit, connecting with a trail system in Gunnison County between the pass and Crested Butte.

Plan adoption followed two years of planning and involvement by the public and partner organizations.

The plan establishes a soft-surface path between Redstone and the top of McClure Pass as the first phase, with planning starting in 2019. Future phases, for trail segments between the current terminus of the existing Crystal Trail and Redstone, are addressed in the plan, with recommended alignments in some sections and no recommended alignment in others. In all, the potential routes in the Crystal Valley are divided into 20 segments; most have an on-highway alternative and most also have an off-highway alternative.

The plan also outlines various biodiversity and riparian projects intended to enhance wildlife habitat and restore riparian areas along the Crystal River.

Ongoing planning for the trail is detailed at

Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail Plan (2018)
Appendix B - Environmental Analysis (updated 2018)
Appendix C - Engineering Feasibility (2017)
Appendix D - Pre-Draft Plan Public Comments
Appendix E - Draft Plan Public Comments
Appendix F - Open Space and Trails Biodiversity Policy (adopted 2016)
Appendix G - Open Space and Trails Stewardship Policies
Appendix H - Pitkin County Ecological Bill of Rights