Hike: If you want to get up a little higher than Crested Butte's 8,885 feet, head to the edge of town for the Lower Loop Trails. There are various route options, but the full shebang is about five miles. Most of it follows a singletrack trail, so it's easy to navigate and hard to get lost. You'll walk through thickets of yellow-leaved trees without too much elevation gain. If you're lucky, like we were, you might just see some bucks. But be careful: Mountain lions also roam the area.
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