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Cross-country Skiing: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Lake Irwin Cross-country Ski Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,834 Feet (3065.5 Meters) Irwin Turnoff Kebler Pass Road
Difficulty: Intermediate to Expert
Elevation Gain: 487 Feet (151.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,834 Feet (3065.5 Meters) Irwin Turnoff Kebler Pass Road
Length: 2 Miles (3.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 133 Kebler Pass, Paonia Reservoir
Recommended Season: Winter
USGS Maps: Mt. Axtell, Oh-Be-Joyful




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General Description

The Lake Irwin Ski Route leads from Kebler Pass to the town of Irwin and passed the lake back to Kebler Pass. It is a two mile loop that provides access to some very scenic terrain including the Ruby Mountain Range. The Irwin Lodge lies above the lake and provides winter accommodations and Snowcat skiing. Be sure to call in advance to secure reservations for lunch at the lodge.

Travel west on Kebler Pass from the winter snow closure for five miles to the Lake Irwin turnoff. From Kebler Pass Road, head north through a wide basin, staying to the left of Coal Creek. You'll see Snowcat tracks leading to the left, these will take you to the Anthracite Creek Valley and Irwin Lodge. Continue following Coal Creek northward to the townsite of Irwin. Ski northwest through the conifers to Irwin Lake. This trail will take you on the south side of the lake. You can follow Lake Irwin Road to the south or return the way you came.

Directions from Crested Butte: Drive westward on Kebler Pass approximately two miles to the winter closure.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing Lake Irwin Cross-country Ski Trail
Yes
ICON Backcountry Skiing Lake Irwin Cross-Country Ski Trail
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Lake Irwin Cross-Country Ski Trail
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing Lake Irwin Cross-Country Ski Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Lake Irwin Cross-Country Ski Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Kebler East (winter) Trailhead - Kebler Pass Winter Trailhead lies a few miles west of Crested Butte. It provides access to the Coal Creek drainage, Ruby and Anthracite Mountain Ranges.

Kebler Pass Road - This dirt road leads through the West Elk Mountains and connects Paonia to Crested Butte. It is maintained from Memorial Day through October.

Ohio Creek (winter) Trailhead - Ohio Creek Road is not fully maintained during the winter months. A trailhead is created 14 miles north of the Highway 135 junction where winter plowing ends.

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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