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Quick Facts

Kebler Pass Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2743 Meters) Crested Butte
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 4,789 Feet (1460 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 6,277 Feet (1913 Meters) Highway 133
High Point: 10,033 Feet (3127.5 Meters) summit Kebler Pass
Length: 31.0 Miles (49.9 Kilometers) to the Gunnison National Forest Boundary (Road continues as Paradise Basin Road, White River National Forest)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131, 133
Recommended Season: Late Summer to Fall
Road Number: 12
Usage: Heavy in Summer
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

Kebler Pass is a 31-mile, smooth, gravel road that leads through the West Elk Mountains of the Gunnison National Forest. The eastern terminus of Kebler Pass, County Road 12, is Crested Butte. The western terminus of the route is Highway 133 immediately south of Paonia Reservoir.

This road can be traveled during the summer months by most passenger and two-wheel drive vehicles. It is wide enough to accommodate trailers and large RVs. During the winter the road is not maintained. It is open for winter recreation pursuits. This year a new ruling determined that cross-country skiing would not be permitted from the eastern winter trailhead. Call the National Forest office in Gunnison or the Crested Butte Nordic Council for further details.

Kebler Pass provides access to a variety of recreation opportunities during the summer and fall. Mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing and camping are a few of the activities accessible from this route. The West Elk Wilderness lies south of Kebler Pass and can be reached from the Horse Ranch Park and Lost Lake areas. North of the pass is the Raggeds Wilderness area. This area can be accessed from Lake Irwin and Erikson Springs Campgrounds.

Directions from Crested Butte: Upon entering town on Highway 135 turn left on to Whiterock Avenue. Follow this westward through town and across Coal Creek. It eventually becomes Kebler Pass.

Directions from Paonia: Follow Highway 133 north through Somerset to Kebler Pass Road, which is well marked.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: jenni whalen (point pleasant, wv)
Time of Day: afternoon
Length of Time: a couple of hours due to the breath taking scenes!!!
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My friend and I were driving in a SUV. She had been there before, we were visiting her mother. I couldn't believe the beautiful views I saw!!! I am from West Virginia the so called Mountain State. Colorado is just amazing!!!

Time of Day: 6:21 pm
Length of Time: depended on number of stops
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We have taken this road up from Crested Butte several times over the past few years. It has never disappointed us. Most beautiful in mid-summer when the wildflowers are in bloom.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Kebler Pass Road
ICON Cross-country Skiing Kebler Pass Road
ICON Automobile Travel Kebler Pass Road
ICON Wildflower Identification Kebler Pass Road
ICON Scenic Driving Kebler Pass Road
ICON Snowmobiling Kebler Pass Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Kebler Pass Road

Related Activities
Beckwith Pass Trail #440 - The trail is in good condition and easy to follow. The trail from Beckwith Pass is well worth a single day excursion.

Dark Canyon Trail #510 - Plan for a two day adventure. This trail is a major route across the southern portion of the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area.

Erickson Springs Campground - Visitors can enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities from this site including hiking, horseback riding, four-wheel driving and fishing. Erikson Springs Campground provides access to the Raggeds Wilderness.

Lake Irwin Campground - The terrain surrounding Lake Irwin Campground supports challenging mountain biking and hiking trails for all ability levels. Fishing in the beauty of this setting will thrill all age levels.

Lost Lake Campground - Lost Lake Campground is a great spot for hikers, horseback riders and anglers. The trails surrounding the site are kid-friendly.

Lost Lake, Lost Lake Slough and Dollar Lake - Brook trout up to twenty one inches can be caught out of Lost Lake and Dollar Lake, with the average size running between eight to ten inches.

Ohio Creek Road - Ohio Creek Road leads 23.5 miles north from Gunnison to Kebler Pass. Its a great place to see the Colorado wildflowers in bloom during the summer and the golden hue of aspen trees in autumn.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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